Patrolman Otto Thomas

Patrolman Otto Thomas

Clinton Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, June 26, 1953

Otto Thomas

Patrolman Thomas was shot to death while arresting three burglary suspects.

Patrolman Thomas was investigating a burglary when he went to Bell's Tavern, in the Lincoln Edition of Clinton. He arrested three suspects in the bar and began to walk them out the front door. One of the suspect's father approached the patrolman with a .32 caliber pistol and shot him four times in the chest before he could react.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Thomas was survived by is wife who lived just blocks from where her husband was killed.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 26, 2015

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