Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 6 years
Badge # 112
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Sentenced to life
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.