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 had served 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

Incident Details

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

off duty, robbery

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I attended Santa Monica College with Tom. We attended the same church and I was friends with his family. We were both lucky enough to join the brotherhood of Law Enforcement. I remember being devastated that my friend had been murdered protecting others during a robbery off duty. He was a true hero and stepped up to face evil. It was very hard to see how devastating his passing was to his family. He was funny, friendly to everyone and truly gave it all to help. In 2019, I will be riding the Police Unity Tour in honor of Tom Worley's memory. He is not forgotten and he is missed.

William J. Mattison, Sergeant
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

SoCalPUT Chapter VII "We Ride For Those Who Died"

January 31, 2019

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