Police Officer Thomas Allen

Police Officer Thomas Allen

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, October 24, 1915

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Thomas Allen

Police Officer Thomas Allen was shot and killed by the editor of a black newspaper in San Antonio during a dispute about articles the editor had written. The reporter wrote several articles that Officer Allen had mistreated women during arrests. The journalist met Officer Allen at Jennings Drug Store in the 400 block of East Sixth Street and shot him following an earlier confrontation at a nearby wagon yard.

Officer Allen was part of Austin's Mounted Patrol and was the city's second African-American lawman. He was reportedly killed 30 feet from where Officer John Gaines had been killed in 1913.

Officer Allen is buried in Round Rock Cemetery, Williamson County, Texas.

Officer Allen served with the Austin Police Department for less than two years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 1 year, 11 months
  • Badge 51

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Allen,
On today, the 98th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Austin.


United States Border Patrol

October 24, 2013

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