Special Officer Thomas J. Sullivan

Special Officer Thomas J. Sullivan

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, April 5, 1915

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Thomas J. Sullivan

Special Officer Thomas Sullivan was shot and killed while attempting to remove three men who were trespassing on railroad property in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad yards in El Paso, Texas.

Officer Sullivan approached the men after observing them sitting under a freight car. He was attacked by the men when he told them they weren't allowed to be there. One of the men disarmed him and shot him several times with his service revolver.

Two police officers who were nearby heard the shots and located Officer Sullivan. They took him to a Hotel Dieu hospital where he died several hours later.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available


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Officer Sullivan,
On today, the 103rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer. I’m a Border Patrol Agent stationed here in El Paso and have patrolled through the Santa Fe Yards many times as well as chased illegal aliens many times as well due to the Yards being directly north of the Rio Grande. Santa Fe RRPD Officers have helped us more times than I can count.


United States Border Patrol

April 5, 2018

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