Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 23 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber
Offender: Sentenced to life
Lieutenant Thomas Meredith was shot and killed while investigating a robbery call and kidnapping at 0230 hours. Four men had invaded the home of a grocery store owner and forced him to drive to another co-owner's residence to steal $20,000. When the police department was called Lieutenant Meredith was dispatched to the scene. When he arrived he surveyed the home under darkness before going and knocking on the door. One of the hostages yelled that it was the police and the suspects opened fire. Lieutenant Meredith entered the home and chased the robbers through the house; when he went through the back door one of the suspects fired at him at point blank range, striking him in the chest.
The shooter was arrested and sentenced to 20 years for kidnapping, life for armed robbery, and life for murder.
Lieutenant Meredith had been with the agency for 23 years and was scheduled to retire in six months. He was survived by his wife and four children.