Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries

Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, July 21, 1997

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Thomas Layton Jeffries

Officer Thomas Jeffries was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a man wanted in connection with the shooting of a 7-year-old.

As Officer Jeffries was backing up another officer who was stopping the suspect's vehicle, the suspect ran from the car and across some yards. Officer Jeffries pulled into a driveway and exited his vehicle and immediately came under fire. One round struck his chest just above his vest. He was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the leg.

The suspect dropped his weapon and ran into some woods where he was later found and arrested by a canine team.

Officer Jeffries had served with the Portland Police Bureau for five years. He is survived by his expectant wife, also a member of the Portland Police Bureau. Officer Jeffries' son was born after his death.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 20, 1997
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded by Patrolman Jeffries

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I worked closely with your father in the past and was in law enforcement. It may have been 22 or more years ago, but I still remember your memorial and the incredible outpouring of support from the community for you and your family.

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Dan Kelly
Retired Detective, Beaverton PD

September 24, 2019

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