Patrolman Thomas J. Adams, Jr.

Patrolman Thomas J. Adams, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 26, 1973

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Thomas J. Adams, Jr.

Patrolman Thomas J. Adams was shot and killed while intervening in a domestic dispute and shooting while off duty.

Patrolman Adams observed the argument, heard gunfire, and ran onto the porch at 3339 West Douglas Boulevard. One of the assailants involved pulled out a revolver and fatally shot him. The suspect eventually turned himself in.

Patrolman Adams was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and served with the Chicago Police Department for six months. He was survived by his wife, two children, and his parents.

He is buried in the Washington Memorial Cemetary in Homewood, Illinois.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 2210
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

domestic, shots fired

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Patrolman Adams,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 26, 2023

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