Police Officer Thomas D. Hudson

Police Officer Thomas D. Hudson

Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, August 19, 1920

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Thomas D. Hudson

Officer Hudson was shot and killed when he surprised a man at approximately 0200 hours robbing a cafe on West Ninth Street. Officer Hudson ordered the man to stop and to put his hands up. Instead the man opened fire, striking Officer Hudson. Officer Hudson returned fire killing the suspect. He succumbed to his injuries approximately three hours later.

Officer Hudson was a US Army veteran and was the first black Little Rock officer to be killed in the line of duty.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Hudson, 100 years ago today you made the ultimate sacrifice and in doing so, your legacy surely paved the way for numerous amazing minority men and women who would follow in your footsteps in such a noble and admirable profession. Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your heroic actions and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 19, 2020

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