Patrolman John W. Thomas

Patrolman John W. Thomas

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, August 5, 1933

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John W. Thomas

Patrolman Thomas was shot and killed in a home on Snelling Avenue as he and several other officers attempted to arrest a man for fighting. As Patrolman Thomas climbed the stairs the man opened fire, striking him twice. After barricading himself in the home for a while the suspect finally surrendered. He was found to be insane and committed to a mental hospital.
Patrolman Thomas had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 29, 1933
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 5, 2020

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