At approximately 6:30 in the evening on January 26, 1994, an unknown male armed with a handgun forcefully entered the victim’s residence at 6316 N. Williams Avenue after the victim’s wife opened the door to see who knocked. The victim, 47 year-old Dan Merton Thomas, a white male, confronted the unknown male. At this time, the intruder shot Mr. Thomas and fled the residence.
Witnesses report seeing a group of young African-American males walking by the residence minutes before hearing the gun shot. It was reported that Mr. Thomas had a small marijuana grow in his basement and had at times sold some of his crop. Witnesses described the shooter as a young African-American teenager. Police believe that the motive for this was robbery.
If you or anyone you know has any information regarding the murder of Dan Thomas, please contact CrimeStoppers at 503-823-HELP.