U.S. Probation Office
Southern District of Indiana
About Thomas E. Gahl
The United States Probation Office for the
Southern District of Indiana has been dedicated to the memory of U.S. Probation
Officer Thomas E. Gahl, who was the first U.S. Probation Officer killed in the
line of duty by a parolee. Tom was killed on September 22, 1986, by Michael
Wayne Jackson, who had a life-long history of mental illness and random acts of
violence. Being pursued after a lengthy crime spree, which included two
other murders and several kidnappings, Jackson ended his own life.
Above all, Tom was a dedicated father and husband who enjoyed a full and contented family life with his wife, Nancy, and sons, Christopher and Nicholas. By dedicating the U.S. Probation Office for the Southern District of Indiana to Thomas E. Gahl, we desire to perpetuate his memory -- his many significant contributions to the work of this office, his genial personality and exemplary character -- and to express again, in a more permanent way, our deep and lasting affection for him.