Police Officer Tommy L. Thedford

Police Officer Tommy L. Thedford

Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, October 1, 1981

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Tommy L. Thedford

Officer Thedford was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect following a stake out. The suspect opened fire when Officer Thedford identified himself.

The suspect was a convicted killer recently released from prison. He had served two years of a 12 year sentence for second degree murder. Since 1966 he had been arrested for burglary ten times. He was also under indictment for attempted murder since his release. He was convicted of Officer Thedford's murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Thedford was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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RIP, my dear cuz, we spent so much time together . I remember when i couldn't go to school and you stayed with me ,while my grandmother worked . You never complain about keeping your little brother . There wasn't nobody that you wouldn't help . So many times ,you kelp my uncle Leroy out of jail . I remember watching you play football on Saturdays , i couldn't play because Saturdays was for the older boys , so we would have to wait til you all finished or wait til Sundays to play . It's been some years now since you have been gone , now you can be with your dad and son , and now with your mom , may God continue to bless you . I will always love you for sure , i miss you . Rest In Peace my dear cuz .

Michael Todd

October 26, 2018

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