Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 28 years
Badge # 43
Incident Date: 9/30/1934
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Executed in 1935
Patrolman Toot was shot and killed at the city jail when two inmates attempted to escape. The inmates had obtained two pistols that were concealed inside a baked turkey 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.
Police suspected that Anthony Cugino, member of the infamous Tri-state gang, responsible for several murders in the northeast, sent the turkey to the suspects who were members of the gang. On September 9, 1935, Cugino was arrested in New York City. He confessed to the murder of Policeman Charles Stockberger of the Philadelphia Police Department on July 14, 1933. That night he hanged himself in his jail cell. He was also the primary suspect in the murder of Policeman James Garvey of the New York City Police Department on April 21, 1934.
Patrolman Toot had served with the Richmond Police Department for 28 years.