Funeral set for Wednesday for Officer Fox

Posted: September 16, 2012

Two viewings followed by a funeral Wednesday will be held next week for slain Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox, who was killed by a suspect in a hit-run incident.

Two services will be held at the Epiphany of Our Lord at 3050 Walton Road in Plymouth Meeting next week, according to Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph Lawrence.

The first public viewing is on Tuesday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The second viewing will be held on Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with a Catholic Mass to follow at 11 a.m.

Fox's burial will take place at Washington Crossing Veterans Cemetery in Newtown, Pa., starting at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday.

Fox, a K-9 officer and a seven-year veteran of the township police, was responding to a hit-and-run crash in Plymouth Township just after 5:30 p.m., Thursday, when he got into a confrontation with a suspect who fled the scene of a three-car pileup in a stolen SUV.

Fox, a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq, was one day shy of turning 35. He became the first officer killed in the line of duty in Plymouth Township. He leaves behind a pregnant wife and a young daughter.

A trust fund has been set up for Fox's family. Donations can be sent to:

Fox Children's Fund

C/O of the Children's Fund

Continental Bank

661 W. Germantown Pike

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19642

Authorities say Fox jumped in his cruiser and chased the SUV with the suspect when it slammed into a white Chrysler 300 on Conshocken Road.

Montgomery County police authorities say a foot chase ensued between Fox, his K-9 partner, Nick, and the suspect in an industrial area along the Schuylkill River Trail, about a half-mile from the Montgomery County Fire Academy.

Authorities say the suspect, later identified as Andrew Charles Thomas, 44, shot Fox at least four times. The officer died immediately from a single gunshot wound to the head.

As police closed in on Thomas, they said he took his own life, firing his gun into his chest twice. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy revealed his manner of death to be suicide, according to police.

Authorities say Thomas had an extensive criminal record. At the time of Thursday's fatal shooting of Officer Fox, he was on probation in Montgomery County after pleading guilty to a forgery charge in May. Thomas has also been the prime suspect in the 1999 disappearance of then-fiancee Maria Procopio, though he was never charged with her disappearance.


Contact Suzette Parmley at 215-854-2855 or sparmley@phillynews.com.

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