Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Officer Thomas Graham was shot and killed with his own service weapon after a burglary suspect gained control of his revolver.
The prisoner was being transported from the scene of a north side business burglary to police headquarters. When they approached the prisoners' elevator in the basement, a physical struggle ensued between the two and Officer Graham was shot in the head.
He was transported to General Hospital where he died nearly three hours later.
The 28-year-old suspect fled the scene but was apprehended two days later after police received a tip on where he was hiding. He was arrested on a warrant for murder and initially found mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Four years later, he was sentenced to life in prison which was reversed. In a new trial he was again found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
Officer Graham was survived by his wife.
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