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.


  • 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 was one month old when you died. Your brother, my grandfather, JC Gillilan, didn't talk about you much because of the grief he suffered for years after your death. However my mother told me stories of you and I carry them to this day.
I followed in your footsteps with a career in law enforcement for a short period of time before moving on to a more promising career. However, I am proud of the legacy you left for me to follow. You will always be remembered for your sacrifice to protect and serve.

Gregory K. Price, Esquire
Gregory K. Price, Attorney at Law

October 26, 2017

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