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 at 5:30 pm.

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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Lord Jesus, You came to Earth to show us what true love looks like. You taught us that love was about sacrifice, virtue, and service. You taught us that love means to lay down Your life for one another. For fallen law enforcement officers everywhere, we thank You for their selfless example of courage and valor. We ask that You bless and keep the families and friends of these fallen officers. Lord Jesus, wipe every tear from their eyes. Help them to heal and to move forward in a way that honors the memory of Lieutenant John L. Thomas, of the Fayette County KY Police Department. In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

“Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called children of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, RPP, CCC, NCCA
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

November 21, 2021

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