Family of Washington Man Killed by Police Sniper is Awarded $15 million

Thomas agreed and then appeared on the porch with the boy, his backpack and car seat. A commander, however, ordered officers not to let Thomas reenter the home after the handoff. At the same time, the SWAT team blew open the back door and killed the family dog, shooting it at least four times.

Thomas remained on the porch as the sniper took his shot. The .308 bullet hit him in the belt-line, just below the child in his arms.

Police would later say they felt Thomas was using his son as a shield and was holding him hostage.

Thomas’ last words he lay bleeding to death from the sniper’s bullet were, “Don’t hurt my boy.”

The youngster, Elijah Thomas, now 9, told reporters Friday night in televised interviews that he thought his father had done the right thing. “I think he was trying to protect me,” he said.

In a statement, Lakewood police said the court case “boiled down to dissecting and second-guessing over the course of three weeks the actions our officers took during a four-hour standoff where a child’s life was in danger as he was held hostage, dangled out a second-story window and used as a human shield by his father.

“The Lakewood Police Department is always reviewing its practices and procedures for improvement, but is confident the officers involved in this incident acted appropriately given the circumstances they faced.”

Lakewood is another Tacoma suburb of about 59,000 people. Its Police Department was thrust into the national spotlight in 2009 by tragedy when four officers were ambushed at a cafe and killed by a gunman in the state’s most deadly attack on law enforcement.

The statement in the Thomas case did not indicate whether the department would appeal the verdict.

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  • Wendy Colby

    Another murder.”Give us the boy and nobody gets hurt” BS If you are having a fight with a loved one before you call police decide if you want them dead or not cuz that’s what’s coming.

    • crazytrain2

      I don’t get why you, or anyone else says things like this. Police handle thousands of domestic calls every day, and very rarely does something like this happen. In those thousands of domestic calls every day, almost all are resolved peacefully, even when the result is an arrest. Occasionally, there is force involved if the arrestee resists, but it is usually mild force being utilized. These calls can get ugly very quickly, and sometimes, if given the opportunity, you will have to deal with an armed suspect, which obviously complicates matters.

      But my point is that very rarely, the suspect is seriously wounded or killed. So suggesting that calling the police equates killing that person is a ridiculously false notion.

      • Liz O’neill

        you obviously haven’t done your homework, according to statistics, police REGULARLY kill the person who has called 911 for help, don’t take my word for it, look it up, or ask the family of the austrailian lady murdered just 2 day ago after calling the cops about a prowler, she went to the drivers window to speak to the cop and he shot her dead before she got a chance to speak. the lady was in her pyjamas and was I million% innocent of any wrong doing.

        • crazytrain2

          I am not saying that it does not happen. But to say it “regularly” happens is ridiculous. As I said, US cops respond to thousands of domestic violence calls per day. I could not find any exact numbers in that, but I did a few searches for various cities, and Orlando for example, has over 3000 calls per year, which breaks down to around 8 calls per day. However, NYC has 700 domestic violence calls per day. I stopped after that search because it is easy to justify my “thousands per day” estimate. So if what you are alleging is correct, would police not be shooting a large number of people per day? But in the entire country, using an average of 1,200 per year, US police kill about 3 people per day, give or take. So your claim that “police regularly kill the person calling 911” is shot to shit, so to say.

  • crazytrain2

    Million dollar shot,eh? More like 15 million dollar shot. Why would they take the shot? Why would they take the shot while he still held the child? Just stupid.

  • Nancy Castillo

    Never call the cops on people you love!

  • Zeconte

    Well, thanks for allowing pop-ups to make this a site I refuse to visit anymore.