On the evening of October twenty-third, 2006 officer Thomas Wood was the victim of a fatal police shooting. Officer Wood had served the Maywood Police Department for 12 years. He also served as a reserve police officer with the Schiller Park Police Department for three years while serving as a part-time officer with Stone Park Police Department for two years.
Reports were given that Officer Wood was shot after notifying dispatchers that a drug trafficking call he investigated was unfounded. A man found him slumped over in his car and called 911. Wood was found in his marked vehicle with his drivers side window open. It appeared that he was shot six times in the head and once in the chest. His dog Daro was also in the car but was unharmed in the shooting. It was said to resemble an execution style shooting. The police officers also found bullet holes in a white parked car nearby. He was also the departments first officer to be killed in the line of duty.
Reports from the neighborhood where Officer Wood was shot said the cops went a little overboard with the man and his family who called the police. They knocked his door down and had flashlights shining all over his house and his family asking if they saw anything.
Officer Wood left behind a wife, 2 children, 3 step children, a father and a brother. His wife was reported to say that she will never find someone like that again, that he cherished her, and she was his queen. She wants to let the people who did this know that they left a large young family alone.
They have held a man in questioning on 1 million dollar bond. Terry Gilford was described as being a man of interest in Officer Woods shooting. He is a known felon. He was brought into court for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance. He has only been held on questioning and not charged with the murder of Officer Wood.
I feel bad for the department that is dealing with this...
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