Patrolman Thomas "Fox" Abrams

Patrolman Thomas "Fox" Abrams

Spartanburg Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, January 7, 1962

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Thomas "Fox" Abrams

Patrolman Thomas Abrams was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a club on East Valley Street, near Henry Street.

He was attempting to arrest a man when the subject produced a .22 caliber revolver and shot him in the chest.

The suspect was captured at his home still holding the pistol. He was subsequently committed to a mental hospital in Columbia. He was released after spending 12 years in the facility.

Patrolman Abrams was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Spartanburg Police Department for 11 years. He is believed to be the first African American hired by the department.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 149
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Served 12 years in mental hospital

disturbance, EDP

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