Police Officer Matthew Barret Thebeau

Police Officer Matthew Barret Thebeau

Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, January 20, 2008

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Matthew Barret Thebeau

Officer Mathew Thebeau was killed in an automobile accident on SH 286 at approximately 2:50 am while responding to an assault-in-progress call.

Officer Thebeau's patrol car struck a concrete wall and straddled the barrier for approximately 50 yards until it impacted an I-beam supporting a highway sign. He was ejected from the patrol car and then struck by another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He was transported to Spohn Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Thebeau was a U.S. Navy veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and had served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for almost 2 years. He is survived by his parents and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 9 months
  • Badge 1336
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Every day. I walk into my office and stop to reflect on the photos of my friends and former students posted on my door, who have left us, while performing their duties. Matt was one of mine. I always insist my new students pay homage to Matt and the others on my door, to remind them this career is both rewarding and dangerous. Matt is the ultimate example of what a good man and officer is supposed to portray. He is missed. By myself and those of us who had the honor of knowing him. We had many, many, talks in my office.

John A. Graham MS, MPA
Professor of Criminal Justice Del Mar College

August 23, 2019

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