Patrol Officer David J. Tolsma

Patrol Officer David J. Tolsma

Cheektowaga Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, October 20, 1977

David J. Tolsma

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.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 112
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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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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