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Sergeant James Francis Boyle | Toledo Police Department, Ohio Toledo Police Department, Ohio


James Francis Boyle

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Sergeant James Boyle was shot and killed as he and another officer questioned three suspicious men they had observed near some railroad boxcars on Erie Street at 3:15 am. As Sergeant Boyle approached them the other officer went around the block to prevent them from fleeing. The suspects walked away and were located in front of a nearby bakery.

As Sergeant Boyle began to question them one of the men produced a revolver and opened fire, striking Sergeant Boyle. Sergeant Boyle returned fire, striking the man in the leg. Sergeant Boyle was taken to St. Vincent Hospital where he died later that day. The suspects was apprehended a short time later after fleeing the scene.

Sergeant Boyle had served with the agency for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, four children, mother, and three brothers.

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Sgt. Boyle,
On today, the 106th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Toledo.


United States Border Patrol
May 3, 2014


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