Officer Urby Joe Thompson

Officer Urby Joe Thompson

Waco Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, July 24, 1933

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Urby Joe Thompson

Officer Thompson was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance in a parking lot. He was walking into a cafe when he observed the disturbance and walked over to the truck to investigate. The man inside shot him in the head, killing him instantly. Another officer who was nearby heard the shot, responded to the scene, and arrested the suspect.

On August 26, 1933, the suspect, 51, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years. He was paroled on September 7, 1944.

Officer Thompson had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1944

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Grandpa, you died 19 years before I was born. Your daughter, Odessa, my mom, was only 8 when you were killed. She had to sit in front row of courtroom for trial because prosecuting attorney hoped to make jury more sympathetic by seeing widow and 4 kids. Killer got 20 years then freed. Mom is 95 now and has picture of you in uniform on her wall to this day. Has told me your workout consisted of being prone on floor with 2 kids sitting each arm and doing arm lifts. I have visited all 3 monuments with your name — Waco, Austin and Ashington, DC. I love you and miss despite having never met you. Love, Anna

Anna Lynne Adams Harrison

February 14, 2021

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