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Patrolman William A. Toot | Richmond Police Department, Virginia Richmond Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman

William A. Toot

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, September 30, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 28 years

Badge # 43

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/30/1934

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Executed in 1935

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Patrolman Toot was shot and killed at the city jail when two inmates attempted to escape. The inmates had obtained firearms and attempted to shoot their way out.

The suspects, who were in jail for murdering a mail-driver, were captured in New York in January 1935. They were subsequently executed on February 2, 1935.

Patrolman Toot had served with the Richmond Police Department for 28 years.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. How nice that your grandchildren discovered this site.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
August 11, 2013

 

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