Police Officer Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden

Police Officer Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden

Columbia Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, February 10, 2005

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Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden

Officer Molly Thomas-Bowden succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one month earlier when she was shot during a traffic stop.

The officer was initially shot and wounded in the shoulder. As she retreated to the rear of the suspect's vehicle for cover, the suspect exited and shot her in the neck. After she fell to the ground, the suspect shot at her two more times, striking her in the neck again.

The following morning, the suspect shot and wounded a second Columbia officer who was staking out his mother's home. The suspect then committed suicide.

Officer Thomas-Bowden had served with the Columbia Police Department for 3-1/2 years. She is survived by her husband, also an officer with the Columbia Police Department, two stepsons, parents, and a brother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 207

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 10, 2005
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

traffic stop

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My Heart Breaks. I am so very sorry. Thank You Suzanne for your Service and Ultimate Sacrifice. Rest is Peace young lady, your job is done. Blessed are the Peacemakers for they are the Children of God. A God whose hands you are now in. I wish Peace for you family, and strength to make it thorough this very difficult time.

Sgt. Dub Gillum, Retired
Texas Highway Patrol

February 12, 2020

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