P.O. Paul G. Thomas, Jr. #5620

Name: Thomas, Paul G.
Star: 5620
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 006
End of Watch: 20 November 1970
Incident Details: Police Officer Paul G. Thomas, Jr., 43, was a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 006 District. On the night of November 4, 1970, off-duty Officer Thomas was visiting his parents’ newspaper distribution agency located at 556 W. 103rd Street. While Officer Thomas was in a backroom two male offenders entered through the rear door. A struggled ensued between Officer Thomas’s father and one of the offenders. Officer Thomas saw the offender’s weapon and attempted to draw his weapon, but was shot before he could. He was rushed to Presbyterian-St. Luke Hospital and eventually discharged. Soon after, he developed an infection related to his injuries which caused a high fever and internal bleeding. Tragically, he passed away on November 20, 1970. In 1972, the officer’s father recognized the two alleged offenders after their photographs appeared in a newspaper article in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old restaurant manager. He later picked them out of a police line-up. The alleged offenders, Otis Haywood and Alphonso Newman, were later acquitted of the restaurant manager’s murder after the state’s star witness reneged her testimony. Officer Paul Thomas Junior’s funeral mass was held at St. Helena of the Cross Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in St. Casimir Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Barbara; four children: June, Connie, Tina, and Paul III; his parents; a brother; and a sister.