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The Iowa Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Memorial Page Remembers . . .

Des Moines Police Department


Patrolman Ollie D. Thomas

Patrolman Ollie Thomas was shot and killed on Thursday, August 20, 1925, while on duty. Another officer was on routine patrol when he heard a gunshot near 3rd and Locust. Knowing that Patrolman Thomas often parked his cruiser there, he rushed to the scene. He found Patrolman Thomas lying dead on the roof of a nearby building.

The suspect was eventually arrested in New Jersey and claimed he shot Patrolman Thomas during a domestic dispute. The suspect was able to plea bargain for a lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Patrolman Thomas had served the Des Moines Police Department for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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Created: 01-15-2009
Last Updated: 02-05-2010 (JLR)