Officer Thomas Roach, Jr.

Officer Thomas Roach, Jr.

Newark Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, November 27, 1886

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Thomas Roach, Jr.

Officer Thomas Roach was shot and killed while making an arrest.

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

The suspect was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Life in prison

arrest, DIP, fight call

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Thomas Roach, Jr. of the Newark Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

November 27, 2023

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