Officer Thomas Roach, Jr.

Officer Thomas Roach, Jr.

Newark Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, November 29, 1888

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Thomas Roach, Jr.

Officer Thomas Roach succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier when he was shot while making an arrest.

He and another officer had arrested two drunk men for fighting at a bar. They men offered no resistance until they arrived at the police department. One of the men produced a revolver and shot Officer Roach.

Officer Roach had served with the Newark Police Department for two months.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 27, 1888
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

arrest, DIP, fight call

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Thomas Roach, Jr. of the Newark Police Department, Ohio and the additional 69 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 29, 2018

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