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Patrol Officer David J. Tolsma | Cheektowaga Police Department, New York Cheektowaga Police Department, New York

Patrol Officer

David J. Tolsma

Cheektowaga Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, October 20, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 112

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrol Officer David Tolsma was shot and killed while responding to a robbery call at a hotel on Genesee Street.

The suspect was an escapee who had been on the run for three days. He was captured 13 hours after murdering Officer Tolsma, and sentenced to 25 years to life. An accomplice was also sentenced to 25 years to life.

Officer Tolsma was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Cheektowaga Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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It's just a shame that a fine upstanding man was murdered while his scumbag killer still lives.

Susan Woodward
December 23, 2015

 

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