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Sergeant John Francis Toolen | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


John Francis Toolen

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 19, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: paroled in 1921

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Sergeant Toolen was shot and killed while he and another officer were attempting to arrest an auto theft suspect. They had received information about the suspect's location and then went to the man's home to arrest him. As the officers spoke with the suspect's mother the man came down the stairs and opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Sergeant Toolen. The suspect fled but was apprehended a few days later.

The 23-year-old suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years. He was paroled on September 10, 1921.

Sergeant Toolen had been with the agency for nine years.

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Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA
October 19, 2017


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