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. He was denied parole on July 25, 1990.

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


  • 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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I still miss you Uncle Odean Gillilan.
I will always remember the banana splits you made for us kids the last time I saw you alive. Your funeral was the first I had ever been to. The honor

Kelly Gillilan
Great Niece

August 21, 2021

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