Patrolman Tobin Craig Thomas

Patrolman Tobin Craig Thomas

Eagle Lake Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 18, 1998

Tobin Craig Thomas

Patrolman Tobin Thomas was shot and killed as he was investigating the scene of a murder.

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 and child.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 307

Incident Details

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


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I grew up with Tobin. We drifted apart as our lives became more complex. I became a Juvenile Correction Officer while he went into Law Enforcement. I have nothing but high regard for Tobin, and I am eternally grateful for his service to the U.S. Navy, and his service to the people of Texas as a Law Enforcement Officer. It broke my heart when I found he had passed, but he will forever be a great friend and brother in my heart. Rest in Peace my friend...May God bless your family and other friends.

Frank Jones
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April 12, 2018

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