Patrolman Tobin Craig Thomas

Patrolman Tobin Craig Thomas

Eagle Lake Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 18, 1998

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Tobin Craig Thomas

Patrolman Tobin Thomas was shot and killed as he was investigating the scene of a murder at 12:40 am.

The suspect in that murder was hiding in some long brush near the scene and shot Patrolman Thomas in the back with a shotgun. Patrolman Thomas' vest stopped five pellets, and his belt stopped two. However, two pellets passed between his vest and his belt, one of which struck his spine and the other striking an artery, causing internal bleeding.

Despite being mortally wounded, Patrolman Thomas was able to return fire and killed the man.

Patrolman Thomas had served with the Eagle Lake Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, mother, father, brother, and sister.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 307

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, murder suspect, homicide investigation

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Hey , Tobin , my brother . It's been a long time since you left us . You would have been 57 today . You were born in Oklahoma City , August 22 , 1966 . I always think of you when I hear Three Dog Night , I've never been to Spain . " I've never been to Spain , but I've been to Oklahoma . They tell me I was born there , but it doesn't really matter " . I was on the bus from Manchester , New Hampshire coming to your burial . They routed me through Oklahoma . The exact hour of your funeral in Eagle Lake I had an hour stop in OKC . It was as if God realized if I couldn't be at your Omega , I could be at your Alpha . I miss you . I know you are with God . " No greater love does a man have , that he would lay down his live for his friends " . I know your sacrifice has produced a great harvest of life and love . Reading the reflections of those that were with you and those that came after . You are a true hero . Much love .
- Wade Thomas

Gilbert Wade Thomas

August 22, 2023

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