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Patrolman Michael Toth | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Michael Toth

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, November 8, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # 7334

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Executed in 1937

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Patrolman Michael Toth was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a call from a tavern owner reporting that two men were attempting to sell him a pair of revolvers. When the two officers arrived at the tavern on West Wood Street, they began to search one of the men. The man suddenly produced a revolver and opened fire, striking Patrolman Toth. Patrolman Toth stepped in front of his partner to protect him before the shot was fired.

Both suspects were convicted of Patrolman Toth's murder on Febuary 19, 1937 and executed in the electric chair on April 16, 1937.

Patrolman Toth is survived by his wife and two children.

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It was an honor to read your name among the 567 heroes of the Chicago Police Department during last night's Candlelight Vigil at Gold Star Families and Memorial Park. Your service, and your family's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Mark Hannan
September 18, 2013


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