Patrolman Thomas Alan Bartholomew

Patrolman Thomas Alan Bartholomew

Kissimmee Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, July 18, 1983

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Thomas Alan Bartholomew

Patrolman Thomas Bartholomew was shot and killed after he and other officers responded to a domestic disturbance involving an armed man at 510 N Dillingham Avenue.

The suspect had taken his wife hostage and had threatened to kill her. Several times during the standoff the man came out onto the front porch with his wife and gun. Patrolman Bartholomew was able to work his way near the front door and the next time the man came out of the house he grabbed the wife's arm in a rescue attempt. The suspect shot Patrolman Bartholomew in the head before other officers returned fire, killing the man.

Patrolman Bartholomew had served with the Kissimmee Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 130

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

barricade, domestic

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It was a very sad and weakening day when I heard the news about Tommy. I worked with Tommy at High Springs Police Department. We had some good laughs. This is the worst nightmare you have to deal with being in law enforcement.
My husband and my son are career officers. I sent prayers that day and send them now. May God continue to be with you, protect and guide you.

PCO II Sabrina Ausgood
University of Florida Police Dept.

July 30, 2022

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