Police Officer Thomas J. Ponder

Police Officer Thomas J. Ponder

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, November 8, 1897

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Thomas J. Ponder

Police Officer Thomas Ponder was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary at a liquor house on Wall Street.

The business had been closed by the county sheriff the previous day. Three men were arrested and charged with murder. The shooter was acquitted and the other two were released.

Officer Ponder had served with the Atlanta Police Department for four years. He survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 8, 2020

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