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Sergeant Robert  McCook Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant

Robert "Bobbie Bull" Giovannoni

McCook Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, July 23, 1956

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Convicted

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Patrolman Robert Giovannoni was shot and killed by a 17-year-old suspect who had been taken to the police station after being arrested during a traffic stop by two other officers.

Patrolman Giovannoni, who was the acting desk sergeant, told the boy that he had to pay a cash bond and then left the room to get a drink of water. While he was out of the room the boy took the officer's revolver from the desk and concealed it behind him.

When Patrolman Giovannoni returned the boy pointed the gun at him and told him to get on the floor. As Patrolman Giovannoni complied he suddenly lunged at the suspect. The suspect shot Patrolman Giovannoni in the throat and then again in the back as the officer tried to get up. He was able to call for help into the radio before making it to the front of the police station and collapsing.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of murder.

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Sergeant Giovannoni's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 3-15-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
March 15, 2017

 

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