Agent Leroy H. "Shorty" Thomas

Agent Leroy H. "Shorty" Thomas

Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, January 3, 1947

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Leroy H. "Shorty" Thomas

Agent Shorty Thomas was shot and killed when he and other agents stopped a vehicle near Sayreton after an automobile chase between Coalburg and Birmingham.

Agent Thomas and other officers were searching the vehicle for illegal whiskey. The suspect shot at the officers and fled but was taken into custody a few hours later. The suspect was acquitted of murder in October 1947.

Agent Thomas was a United States Navy WWII veteran and had served with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for over five years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Agent Thomas,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 3, 2022

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