Chief of Police Joe M. Thomason, Sr.

Chief of Police Joe M. Thomason, Sr.

Potts Camp Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Saturday, May 8, 1993

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Joe M. Thomason, Sr.

Chief of Police Joe Thomason was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a drunk and reckless driver on US Highway 78, two miles from Potts Camp, at 3:30 pm.

The subject plead guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life without parole.

Chief Thomason was a United States Navy Vietnam veteran who had served with the Potts Camp Police Department for one year and previously served with the Verona Police Department and Fulton Police Department. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

DUI, probation violation, traffic stop

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Chief Thomason,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

May 8, 2023

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