P.O. Thomas E. Wortham IV #6181

Name: Wortham, Thomas E.
Star: 6181
Memorial Panel #: 8
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 007 District
End of Watch: 20 May 2010
Incident Details: Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 007 District. On May 19, 2010, Officer Wortham was off duty and visiting his parents’ home following a trip to Washington, D.C. for National Police Week. As he left the residence, Wortham was approached by four male offenders who attempted to rob him of his motorcycle. Wortham identified himself as a police officer and drew his service weapon as the offenders opened fire, striking the officer in the abdomen. The officer’s father, a retired Chicago police sergeant, witnessed the shooting and exchanged gunfire with the offenders, killing one and seriously wounding another. Officer Wortham was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. The three surviving offenders, Paris McGee, Toyius Taylor and Marcus Floyd, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. They are currently awaiting trial. Officer Wortham had recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq while serving with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He is survived by his parents, Carolyn and Thomas III, and sister, Sandra.