Patrolman Charles V. Thomas

Patrolman Charles V. Thomas

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, May 21, 1916

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Charles V. Thomas

Patrolman Charles Thomas was shot by a bootlegger that he was chasing near the Edgemont Dump, south of the Washington Street bridge.

His partner chased the subject, shooting him five times and killing him. Officer Thomas succumbed to his wounds one week later.

Officer Thomas had served with the Dayton Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 97

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, May 14, 1916
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed by officers

alcohol violation, foot pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Charles V. Thomas of the Dayton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 84 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 21, 2022

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