Policeman John J. Toomey

Policeman John J. Toomey

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, August 26, 1922

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John J. Toomey

Policeman John Toomey was accidentally shot by another officer during a raid at 172 East Chelton Avenue.

Officers were conducting a raid on an illegal gambling business. Officers surrounded the building, and subjects fled through the front and back doors. As an officer pursued a subject and fired his service weapon, the shot missed and hit Officer Toomey in the hip.

Officer Toomey was transported to Germantown Hospital, where physicians were able to save his life after four surgeries. He died as a result of complications two years later.

Policeman Toomey was a Pennsylvania National Guard veteran and served with the Philadelphia Police Department for five and a half years. He was survived by his wife and mother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 15, 1920

accidental discharge, gambling, Raid

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Officer Toomey,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country and the state of Pennsylvania as well when you served with the PAARNG.


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August 26, 2022

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