Officer Thomas Philip Coleman

Officer Thomas Philip Coleman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, June 11, 2010

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Thomas Philip Coleman

Officer Thomas Coleman was killed in a motorcycle crash while pursuing a traffic violator he was attempting to stop in Redlands.

At 6:30 am, Officer Coleman was traveling northbound on Mountain View, just north of I- 10, when his motorcycle collided with a semitrailer at the intersection of San Bernardino Avenue and Alabama Street approximately one minute into the pursuit. The vehicle he was pursuing crashed into another vehicle moments later and all four occupants were apprehended. The driver was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Officer Coleman succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

Officer Coleman had served with the California Highway Patrol for over 7½ years and was assigned to the San Bernardino Area of the Inland Division. He was a US Marine Corps veteran. Officer Coleman is survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, 8-month-old daughter, brother, three sisters and parents.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years, 8 months
  • Badge 17338
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

vehicle pursuit

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Our lives always crossed paths From High school / kairos, Bootcamp trail series in the Marines, the Academy and running into you at traffic court years later. You worked hard and you gave it your all at everything. A life of honor and service was your calling. Your are forever missed. Will cross paths again my friend.

Chris Tamayo

January 2, 2023

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