Officer Thomas Wood
Maywood Police Department
October 23, 2006 - Maywood, IL- Age 37
Officer Thomas Wood, 37, was shot and killed on 10/23/06 while sitting in his police patrol car in the suburban village of Maywood, Illinois. Wood was found shot several times and slumped over the steering wheel of his police-issued SUV at 11:20 p.m. and pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m. at the nearby Loyola University Medical Center. Wood was a seven-year department veteran and served as a K-9 officer for the past 2 ½ years. The shooting happened near 6th Avenue and Erie Street. Wood worked the 3 p.m.-to-midnight shift for the police department and was on his last call of the night when the shooting occurred. Officer Wood also worked as a part-time security officer at Proviso East High School in Maywood and at a Target store in Broadview. Before joining the Maywood Police Department, Wood also worked as an officer in Schiller Park and Stone Park. Wood's canine partner, a malinois shepherd, was in the police car during the shooting but was not injured. Officer Wood is survived by his wife Helene, 36, and five children ranging in age from 8 to 16 years old. Wood and his wife, Helene, were married for eight years and had two children together — a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. He also helped raise three other children from his wife's previous marriage. The suspect fled the scene and remains at large. Maywood investigators asked the public for help finding the shooter. Those with information have been asked to call the Maywood Police Department at 708-450-4409.