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DA: Fox's Killer 'Ambushed' Him

Suspect Andrew Charles Thomas' death was ruled a suicide; Thomas was on probation after pleading guilty to forgery in May.

Montgomery County authorities on Friday afternoon identified Andrew Charles Thomas, 44, as the man who shot and killed Plymouth Township police officer Bradley Fox on Thursday evening.

Thomas was on probation after pleading guilty to forgery charges in May, authorities said.

An examination by Dr. Erica Williams of the Montgomery County Coroner's Office found that Thomas died from two "close contact" gunshot wounds to the chest. His death was ruled a suicide.

According to the Montgomery County District Attorney's office, Thomas' forgery charge resulted from a 2005 incident in Upper Merion when he used $140.00 worth of counterfeit Acme gift certificates. He remained at large for seven years until being taken into custody on May 21, authorities said. Thomas pleaded guilty the next day.

At 5:42 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said, Thomas sped by an accident scene on Ridge Pike in the Conshohocken section of Plymouth in a silver 2006 Infiniti SUV. Officer Fox gave chase, assisted by unspecified backup units, and discovered that Thomas had turned onto Conshohocken Road and struck another vehicle.

Another motorist informed Fox that Thomas had then driven onto Ernest Station Road. Fox then began a foot pursuit with his K9 partner, Nick, and requested backup; he followed Thomas into the industrial area near the Schuylkill River Trail.

Authorities said a preliminary investigation indicated that Thomas was hiding on a hill above the nearby Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and that he ambushed Fox by firing at least four shots from a location where Fox could not see him.

When additional units arrived, they found Fox on the grass between the trail and the railroad tracks, authorities said. He had been shot in the head.

Thomas' body was found later with the assistance of multiple police agencies and canine search teams, authorities said. The Infiniti SUV he had been driving was allegedly stolen.

Nick, Fox's K9 partner, sustained a graze bullet wound and is receiving veterinary care.

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DD September 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
So sad! My prayers go out to his friends and family.
Lewis Munoz September 14, 2012 at 08:36 PM
You need to correct the date. Ofc Fox was shot and killed on Thursday, 9/13/12
David Powell (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Thanks, Lewis. Fixed.
Charles ODonnell September 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
My Prayersare with Him his family n his loyal friend His Dog
judy hellwarth September 14, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Great guy, I guess heaven needed an angel.
Roy Martin September 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Shocking! Normally things like this happen in Philly.
Lewis Munoz September 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
David, Below is the correct info for a children's fund that was set up. So far this is the only fund that has been set up. Fox Children's Fund C/O Continental Bank 661 W. Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 For more info call Cont. Bank: 610-941-5440
Jay Caracappa September 14, 2012 at 08:59 PM
A young man's life is taken, a wife is left without her husband and two children will grow up without their father. Why...because of a POS career criminal. My heart goes out to the Fox family.
itstherecit September 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM
how can a person shoot themselves twice in the chest? suicide....BS
mark September 15, 2012 at 01:13 AM
does it matter?he got his,its called karma.
JNyz September 15, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I guess we will never know but I have a smile on my face.
MRK September 15, 2012 at 02:58 AM
itstherecit it's called a "semi automatic"... even if it wasn't suicide the bastard dezerved to die anyway. One less criminal off the street. I wish that "back up" would have gotten their hands on him before he took his life! This isn't about that.... lets remember his loved ones and the pain they are feeling right now. To the Fox family... may the Lord comfort you during this difficult time. Thoughts & prayers are with you all!
MRK September 15, 2012 at 03:00 AM
@ Mark your SICK
cristal reed September 15, 2012 at 07:08 AM
mmm shot himself twice, doesn't sound like sucicide, sounds like the police execuated him.
George Brown September 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Thoughts and prayers to the fox family and plymouth twp police dept.
Lorraine613 September 15, 2012 at 03:08 PM
to itstherecit: Who cares how he died! A young officer doing a routine job is dead and leaves behind a wife, young daughter and another baby on the way who will never know her/his father. I can't believe you would make such a statement. Did you want this criminal (who also probably murdered his girlfriend 13 years ago) to live? He was on probation. Then you could support him in prison for the rest of his miserable life. My heart and prayers go out to the officer's family.
A. B. September 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Coroner reported one of the two shots came from Fox, second shot self inflicted.
itstherecit September 15, 2012 at 08:45 PM
my inital comment was harsh but questions remain...i am sorry that ofc fox died doing his duty and his assilant would have wasted our money in trying him for his crime in which the verdict is a slam dunk...by law...but there are many conflicting reports...back up---weren't there other police in pursuit from the begining of the chase?...cause of death to the assilant---first reported as two close shots to his chest (the gist of my first comment) now one from ofc. fox and the other from the assailant himself....rounds passed through both bodies and can't be located...DA come on and get your elite super force searching for those slugs...still suicide is pretty much in question....nobody has the right to take a life or be senteced to death by one person regardless the crime without the benefit of a fair trial before their peers...enough said
. September 17, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Again you bring Philly into a story that has NOTHING to do with the city! Why disgrace yourself and the man that was killed with your BS Philly nonsense?
PROUD TO BE September 17, 2012 at 03:23 PM
sure sounds like someone is trying to cover there ...... It is never right to murder someone for revenge... but we will leave this situation in GODS hands.
Jeannie Horning September 18, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Here's what I would like to say. Officer Fox is a true hero and his family is now without him, for what reason because some douche bag felt like killing him. And some of you all want to question Thomas's death. It is very possible to shot yourself in the chest. And no matter what you may think, just because it was a cop who died, the Coroners office is not going to cover up the fact that a cop shot this guy. He was armed and dangerous, so even if the cops did shoot him, SO BE IT. This man took another mans life for the fun of it and as stated before he has been a career POS criminal, next time it could be your loved one and when it is, I wonder if you would have the same comment about his being shot in the chest a cover up and BS. What the real BS here is, is the fact that this guy killed a husband and father and an American hero. As for the this only happens in Philly comment, you would think that you would have something more intelligent to say. THIS HAPPENS EVERYWHERE, BUT it would have been nice of you to make an "I'm sorry for your loss" comment instead of this smart ass shit!!! This is about the Fox family and their loss and not about any stupid opinions or conspiracy theories!
Lorraine613 September 18, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Again, you are asking the DA to waste taxpayer's money by looking for the slugs? And you are right, no one has the right to take a life like this criminal did. If the police shot him back, it was in SELF-DEFENSE. If someone shot you or pointed a gun at you, would you not protect yourself? He was a menace to society. I guess you would have liked him to live and then have a trial for him and be found guilty and then we would have to support him for the rest of his life! He was on the run for 7 years. My only concern was that he was never held for trial in the disappearance of his girlfriend and her family may now never have closure.
Teena Russell September 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Does anyone know if his wife and children will get to keep the police dog or will he be given to another police officer? I hope they get to keep him. Losing their pet will just enhance their grief.

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