Patrolman John Charles Thomas

Patrolman John Charles Thomas

Tuscaloosa Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, December 10, 1972

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John Charles Thomas

Patrolman John Thomas was shot and killed at about 7:30 pm while responding to a domestic disturbance at 4223 20th Street in Tuscaloosa.

As the officers were searching the home for the man he opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, striking Patrolman Thomas. Despite being wounded, Patrolman Thomas was able to return fire and wounded the subject.

Patrolman Thomas had served with the Tuscaloosa Police Department for two years.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and wounded


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Patrolman Thomas,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tuscaloosa. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 10, 2022

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