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Wife of slain officer Brad Fox gives birth to son


By JRC Staff

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PLYMOUTH — The widow of a New Hanover man killed while on duty as a police officer last year gave birth to the couple’s son Monday morning.
Plymouth Township Police announced that Lynsay Fox gave birth Monday around 8:48 a.m. to Bradley Michael Fox Jr., who weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20.75 inches long.
“Brad Jr. and his proud mother Lynsay are resting comfortably,” according to the announcement released by Plymouth Township Police.
Lynsay Fox asked the public and media to respect her family’s privacy at this time, the release states.
Officer Bradley Fox was killed in the line of duty after chasing Andrew Charles Thomas, who was involved in a hit-and-run on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Thomas, 44, of 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. at 1215 East Ridge Pike in Plymouth, according to previous reports. Fox proceeded to follow Thomas, first by car, then on foot with his K-9 Nick after Thomas abandoned the vehicle. Thomas, who was hiding in brush along the Schuylkill River Trail, fired upon Fox and his K-9 partner, Nick, killing officer Fox and grazing Nick.
Thomas was later found dead of two gunshots wounds determined to be self-inflicted. He was reportedly on probation for felony forgery charges he pleaded guilty to in May 2012 and was not allowed to own a firearm. The charges stemmed from a 2005 incident in which he used $140 worth of counterfeit Acme gift certificates.
An investigation revealed Thomas allegedly purchased the gun he used on Fox from Michael Joseph Henry, 30, of Philadelphia. Henry recently admitted to the illegal straw purchase and remains in jail pending sentencing.
After Fox’s death, a law imposing stricter penalties for straw purchases of firearms was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett. Dubbed the “Brad Fox Law,” it imposes a mandatory five-year sentence for a second offense when a gun bought by a legitimate buyer is resold to someone not allowed to own or possess firearms.
EARLIER VERSION OF THIS STORY
PLYMOUTH — The family of heroic Plymouth Township Police Officer Brad Fox and the Plymouth Township Police Department are proud to announce the birth of Bradley Michael Fox Jr.
Brad Jr. was born Monday, March 25, 2013, at 8:48 a.m. Brad Jr. weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces and is 20.75 inches long.
Brad Jr. and his proud mother Lynsay are resting comfortably.
The Fox family wishes that the public and the media will respect their privacy, and make no further inquiries until such a time which they choose it to be appropriate.
The Fox family resides in New Hanover.
Officer Fox was killed in the line of duty last year.