Police Officer Thomas Francis "Mongo" McMahon

Police Officer Thomas Francis "Mongo" McMahon

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, October 14, 1998

Thomas Francis "Mongo" McMahon

Police Officer Thomas McMahon was shot and killed after a vehicle was chased into Richmond from an adjoining jurisdiction.

An officer from the Henrico County Police Department attempted to stop the suspect on I-95 after reports that he was driving erratically. The suspect then led the officer on a slow speed chase through a shopping center and fired several shots at the officer.

Richmond Police joined the chase and were able to stop the truck. The suspect then opened fire from inside his truck, striking Officer McMahon in the upper body, abdomen, and arm. Although he was wearing a kevlar vest, the fatal shot struck him in the femoral artery, causing him to bleed to death. Officer McMahon had not yet exited his vehicle before being shot.

The suspect then held other officers at bay for several hours before opening fire on them again. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect.

Officer McMahon had been with the Richmond Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his fiancee.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 365

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

vehicle pursuit

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Very hard to comprehend what happened to thomas, he is my Ex-Husband, we met when he was in rookie academy at the time, then later we got married.
When I first heard of what happened I was thinking can't be happening.
Yes I remember and won't forget.
How we used to decorate our house he wanted to add many lights for christmas and I helped him with all of it.
He loved police work used to tell me stories about it from each shift work but I used to worry a lot when he went out the door on each shift.

Thankyou for all the wonderful comments from everyone.
Thomas was a part of my life for a time as well as all of you to.
I had no idea this page was up and could leave condolences for him, I wish I had of known about it sooner.
God bless.

Regina Mcmahon Pulliam

Regina Mcmahon Pulliam

March 16, 2017

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