Officer Thomas Benton Worley

Officer Thomas Benton Worley

Los Angeles County Safety Police, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 21, 1994

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Thomas Benton Worley

Office Thomas Worley was shot and killed when he attempted to intervene in a robbery while off duty at a shoe store at the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard.

He was shopping with his wife when he observed the robbery in progress and ordered the suspect to the ground. The man turned and fired at Officer Worley. He was able to return fire and kill the suspect as well.

Officer Worley, a U.S. Air Force veteran where he served as a security policeman, had been with the Los Angeles County Safety Police for 1-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

off duty, robbery

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Tom and I worked for Golden West K-9 Patrol in 1992. He was recently out of the Air Force. Tom was my FTO at Golden West K-9 and I couldn't have had a better person to train a 19 year old young man the ropes of being an armed patrol officer in some of the most crime ridden areas of the San Fernando Valley. We got along great riding together, got into foot pursuits together, arrested a few bad guys and became friends. It was always a pleasure to see Tom at shift change to exchange stories. I left California for Montana and returned back to California in Dec 1993. I was hired by Westec Patrol in Jan 1994 and heard through the grapevine Tom finally got hired by L.A. County Safety Police. I was truly happy to hear Tom was living his dream. Then came the terrible news in December that Tom was killed by a robber while off duty. I had found out before it was released to the news that it was Tom. Even off duty Tom was protecting the citizens he served. Tom was just the kind of man to do so without hesitation. I think of Tom often over the years. I hope and pray that his family is doing well. See you again one day in Heaven Tom.

Greg Houston
Correctional Officer Texas Department of Criminal Justice

August 30, 2021

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