Montco D.A. releases name of K-9 officer Brad Fox's killer

Officer Brad Fox, pictured with his K-9 partner, Nick. Picture courtesy of Montgomery County District Attorney's office.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's office identified the killer of Officer Bradley Fox, of the Plymouth Township Police, as Andrew Charles Thomas Friday afternoon.

Thomas, 44, of the 100 block of Grassmere Road, Lower Merion, was driving a stolen car the wrong way past stopped traffic by a three-car accident Fox was investigating around 5:42 p.m. Thursday at 1215 East Ridge Pike, according to a press release from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman's office.

Fox, along with backup, reportedly followed a silver, 2006 Infiniti SUV, which was 'traveling at a high rate of speed.'

The Infiniti struck a Chrysler 300 sedan, after which Thomas reportedly ditched the vehicle on Ernest Station Road and fled, according to the district attorney's office.

Fox 'followed the path of the striking vehicle and found it abandoned,' the district attorney's office said, at which point he and his K-9, Nick, radioed for backup and started a foot pursuit of the suspect.

They chased Thomas into 'an industrial area alongside the Schuylkill River Trail.' At some point, according to authorities, Thomas fired four times at Fox and Nick from a hill. He was hiding among weeds above train tracks, a preliminary investigation determined.

Fox was struck once in the head and Nick was grazed by another bullet.

Officers responding to the scene discovered Fox and called for medical backup.

'With assistance of multiple police agencies and canine search teams,' Thomas was found with two gunshot wounds, dead, according to the district attorney's office.

Dr. Erica Williams performed an autopsy on Fox and determined the cause of death as the single bullet to the head by manner of homicide.

Nick was reportedly receiving 'veterinary care' Friday afternoon.

Williams also did the autopsy on Thomas and determined his manner of death was a suicide. She reportedly determined one wound was 'direct contact' and another was 'close contact.'

Thomas was reportedly on probation for felony frogery charges he pleaded guilty to in May. The charges stemmed from a 2005 incident in which he used $140 worth of counterfeit Acme gift certificates.

For seven years, police were seeking Thomas, who failed to appear at his formal arraignment back in 2005.

He was arrested May 21, 2012 and pleaded guilty the next day.

Ferman and Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph Lawrence thanked the agencies that assisted in the initial incident and the following investigation, as well as those that provided support to Fox's family and the Plymouth Township Police.

This version of the story corrects the earlier version in which it was stated both gunshot wounds were determined to be self-inflicted.

EARLIER VERSION NORRISTOWN - The Montgomery County District Attorney's office identified the killer of Officer Bradley Fox, of the Plymouth Township Police, as Andrew Charles Thomas.

Thomas, 44, of the 100 block of Grassmere Road, Lower Merion, was driving a stolen car, which he ditched after striking another vehicle while Fox was in pursuit, according to a release Mfrom ontgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman's office.

Fox, along with his K-9, Nick, chased Thomas on foot in the area of Ernest Station Road. Sometime after Fox radioed for backup, Thomas shot both Fox and Nick.

Fox was found by responding officers in the grass with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the DA's office.

He died at Montgomery Hospital , according to reports.

Nick reportedly suffered a graze wound and is receiving veterinary care.

Authorities said Thomas died of two self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Dr. Erica Williams performed the autopsy on Thomas and ruled the manner of death as a suicide.

Fox, a resident of New Hanover, had been at the scene of a three-car accident, investigating, when the vehicle Thomas was driving was observed driving around stopped traffic in the opposing lane of the accident near Conshohocken Road and Ridge Pike, according to the district attorney's office.

Thomas was reportedly on probation in Montgomery County following pleading guilty to forgery charges in May.

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