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 while responding to a domestic disturbance.

As the officers were searching the home for the man he opened fire with a shotgun, striking Patrolman Thomas. Despite being wounded, Patrolman 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
  • Offender Shot and wounded


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I thought of you often this past week as hatred towards policemen builds. My dad took you under his wing when you came to work for him at the record shop. He loved you like a son. Despite the abuse and neglect you experienced during your childhood, you were a fine man. I was 14 when we got the call that you had been shot and killed. A little bit of my entire family died that day. A few days later we received your Christmas gift.

We followed the news of your killer and cursed the day he was let out of prison.

John, Blue Lives Matter.....your 26 years of life was much too short.

Elaine Phares

June 7, 2020

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