Lieutenant John Lewis Thomas

Lieutenant John Lewis Thomas

Fayette County Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, November 21, 1967

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John Lewis Thomas

Lieutenant John Thomas was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Richmond Avenue.

He had answered the call for one of his officers because he was in the area. The female participant answered the door and the male was standing behind it. As Lieutenant Thomas entered, the man grabbed his handgun and kept him hostage for a short time before shooting him.

The man was sentenced to life but served only eight years.

Lieutenant Thomas had been with the Fayette County Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Released after eight years

domestic, hostage

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Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor you on the 50th anniversary of your E.O.W. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice. It is a outrage that the coward only did 8 years.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 21, 2017

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