Investigator Terry N. Thuma

Investigator Terry N. Thuma

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, January 9, 1990

Terry N. Thuma

Investigator Terry Thuma died of complications caused by a gunshot wound he received 13 years prior.

Investigator Thuma was paralyzed from the breast bone down, between vertebrae T5 and T6, after being shot while serving a drug warrant on July 23, 1977. He came down with a fast acting pneumonia and died in his sleep on January 9, 1990, as a result.

The suspect who shot Investigator Thuma was apprehended but acquitted of the charges.

At the time of his death, Investigator Thuma had served with the Orlando Police Department for over 19 years. He was survived by his two children.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 19 years, 6 months
  • Badge 77

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 23, 1977
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

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