Corporal Thomas Odean Gillilan

Corporal Thomas Odean Gillilan

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, July 1, 1970

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Thomas Odean Gillilan

Corporal Gillilan was shot when a man he had stopped for speeding on U.S. 331 south in Crenshaw County, overpowered him, took his pistol, and shot him.

He died three days later at a Montgomery hospital.

The 22-year-old suspect was apprehended, convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to life.

Corporal Gillilan, who had served in the Korean War, was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 28, 1970
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Cpl. Gillilan,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

July 1, 2020

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