Patrolman William A. Miscannon

Patrolman William A. Miscannon

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, September 18, 1970

William A. Miscannon

Patrolman Miscannon was shot and killed while sitting in his marked patrol car at the intersection of Dorr and Junction Avenues, outside the headquarters building for the Black Panthers, during race riots.

A vehicle pulled up behind Patrolman Miscannon's patrol car and one of the occupants walked up and shot him at point-blank range. The suspect was charged with Patrolman Miscannon's murder but acquitted after two hung juries.

Patrolman Miscannon had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and four young children.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 393

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William A. Miscannon of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 18, 2018

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