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, homicide investigation, murder suspect

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Hey brother .
I was out at Sherwood cemetery the other day . I told someone I would do something for them when ever I could . So for that person reading this , task performed . I miss you in so many new ways all the time . Ways I never thought I could . It's coming up on father's day . Your daughters birthday . The anniversary of your death . The anniversary of two other unnecessary passings . There is always a memory I have of you that used to drive me crazy . When we worked for Randy Scott . You would roll around and play with every dog in every back yard that we mowed or did lawn sprinkler work in . You truly had a child's heart . I have been avoiding these emotions for some time now . There is a great amount of sludge that is released before the waters flow clear . In reading others reflections your ripples in life's pond have affected so many others . To ALL of those who have been touched by Tobin's wake , please let there be hope , love , understanding , forgiveness and peace .

Gilbert Wade Thomas

June 10, 2024

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