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Railroad Detective Adolphus M. Biggers | Toledo, St. Louis and Western Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Toledo, St. Louis and Western Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Detective

Adolphus M. Biggers

Toledo, St. Louis and Western Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, February 15, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Ohio

Incident Date: 2/8/1918

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Detective Adolphus Biggers succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one week earlier in the railroad yards in downtown Toledo, Ohio, while attempting to arrest a thief.

He and his uncle, who was also a railroad detective, were notified that a man had been spotted breaking into a rail car. When the detectives arrived at the location they found evidence of the break-in but could not locate the suspect. As they prepared to leave they spotted the stolen merchandise hidden under a wooden platform.

Both detectives waited nearby for the suspect to return to retrieve the merchandise. A few minutes later the man returned and began loading a sack with the items. When the detectives approached him he immediately pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking Detective Biggers in the abdomen.

Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Biggers returned fire and struck the suspect. The man fled but was shot again by the other detective during a second exchange of gunfire.

Detective Biggers was taken to a local hospital where he remained until passing away several days later.

Detective Biggers had served with the Toledo, St. Louis and Western Railroad Police Department, RR for three years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 14, 2012

 

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