Agent Thomas Edward Riggs

Agent Thomas Edward Riggs

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 31, 1985

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Thomas Edward Riggs

Agent Thomas Riggs was shot and killed following a vehicle pursuit that ended in the driveway of 6564 Brooklyn Avenue.

One of the subjects in the vehicle was able to gain control of another officer's handgun. The suspect shot and paralyzed the other officer before shooting Agent Riggs in the stomach, severing an artery.

The suspect then shot a civilian ride along before stealing one of the police cars and running over the second officer. The suspect was eventually caught but acquitted of all major charges and has since been arrested several times for violent crimes. In July 2002 the suspect committed suicide.

Agent Riggs had served with the San Diego Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted of all major charges

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 33rd anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 31, 2018

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