Brookline Police Officer Missing

Police are asking the public for assistance in finding Police Officer Thomas Shea, 41, of Canton, who was last seen with a friend in Natick on Aug. 16.

Shea was last seen operating his gray 2005 Toyota Avalon, with a Massachusetts Registration of 60MG04. He is described as white, about 165 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches tall. Shea was reported missing to the Canton Police Department on Aug. 26.

Brookline Police said in a press release Monday that Shea has been experiencing financial difficulties recently, and has access to a firearm. He has been a Brookline police officer since 1996. He was reported missing to the Canton police department by his wife.

“We’re just concerned for his health and well-being at this time,” said Brookline Lieutenant Phil Harrington,  a spokesman for the department. Shea has not worked since June 28 after suffering an on-duty injury, Harrington said.

Brookline Police said Shea’s family is “understandably very upset” and is asking for privacy.

Anyone with information about Shea’s whereabouts is being asked to call Brookline Police at 617-730-2222 or the Canton Police Department at 781-821-5090.

Information for this article came from Brock Parker, Town Correspondent for

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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2 Responses to Brookline Police Officer Missing

  1. Kenny Mchugh says:

    Hi Tom,

    Give me a call anytime 617-212-4089. We want to help.

    call anytime


    • johnmaclaughlan says:

      Kenny thanks for your concern. Everyone in law enforcement wishes Tom and his family the best. Lets get this story out there.
      -John MacLaughlan

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