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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Semper Fi Brother Marine...May you Rest In Peace knowing you did good...God bless your family and God bless our beloved Marine Corps and God bless the worlds premium Law Enforcement agency in The World...You served your country with the best two organizations in the world and we will always thank you and keep you in our hearts. God bless your wife and your two beautiful children.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
CHP South LA & USMC-Vietnam Veteran

June 10, 2019

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