Police Officer Thomas F. Patton, II

Police Officer Thomas F. Patton, II

Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 13, 2010

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Thomas F. Patton, II

Police Officer Thomas Patton suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing a suspect.

Officer Patton responded to assist another officer who was in foot pursuit of a man who had been harassing two women inside a convenience store. When that officer tried to make an arrest, the subject spit in his face and fled on foot. The officer pursued and called for assistance. Officer Patton responded and joined in the pursuit, which went through the woods and several backyards.

At Glenmont and Mayfield Roads, Officer Patton bent over, rested his hands on his knees for a moment and then continued running. He collapsed shortly after. He was transported to Huron Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The subject he was chasing plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Officer Patton had served with the Cleveland Heights Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his 4-month-old daughter, fiancee, five sisters, and his father, Ohio State Senator Thomas F. Patton.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 345

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 4 years

foot pursuit

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Hey I know you died a couple days after my birthday...you were the one who gave me my first sip of pop, you were also my dads best friend, you were the greatest uncle ever and it has been 10 years and we all miss you...I wish I got to say goodbye..but I didnt and I know every night you are watching over me and I think about you 24/7....I wish you didnt die...we all do. I love you so much and forever will! Love you Uncle Tommy

Maddie Hawkins
His neice

March 18, 2020

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