Lieutenant John Lewis Thomas

Photo of Lieutenant John Lewis Thomas
End of Watch: Tue, Nov 21st, 1967
Date of Incident: Tue, Nov 21st, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 10 years
Age: 31


His wife and four children


Lieutenant Thomas was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Richmond Avenue. He had answered the call for one of his officers because he was in the area. The female participant answered the door and the male was standing behind it. As Lieutenant Thomas entered the man grabbed his handgun and kept him hostage for a short time before shooting him. The suspect was sentenced to life but served only eight years.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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The Fayette County Police Department has been disbanded and absorbed by the Lexington Division of Police.


There is 1 tribute for Lieutenant John Lewis Thomas.

Left by Tina on Saturday, June 24th, 2017

I never meet you, but my dad sometimes speaks of you. My grandmother told me that you were the love of her life. You would have been my grandfather, and even though you died 15 years before I was born I think about you. You are remembered, you are loved by your children, by your grandchildren. There is a piece missing in so many lives, so many unfortunate ripples due to one mans action.