Patrolman William A. Toot

Patrolman William A. Toot

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, September 30, 1934

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William A. Toot

Patrolman William Toot was shot and killed at the old city jail, below the Marshall Street Viaduct, when two inmates attempted to escape. The inmates had obtained two pistols that were concealed inside a baked turkey and attempted to shoot their way out.

The suspects, who were in jail for murdering a mail-driver, were captured in New York in January 1935. They were subsequently executed on February 2nd, 1935.

Police suspected that Anthony Cugino, member of the infamous Tri-state gang, responsible for several murders in the northeast, sent the turkey to the suspects who were members of the gang. On September 9th, 1935, Cugino was arrested in New York City. He confessed to the murder of Policeman Charles Stockberger of the Philadelphia Police Department on July 14th, 1933. That night he hanged himself in his jail cell. He was also the primary suspect in the murder of Policeman James Garvey of the New York City Police Department on April 21st, 1934.

Patrolman Toot had served with the Richmond Police Department for 28 years.

Bio

  • Age 58
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 43

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1935

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Sometimes amidst all of the other senseless and horrific criminal activity LE sees on a daily basis, domestic and homegrown terrorism makes it's way into the path of our dear and heroic LEO's. This was no doubt one of those instances and you and all of your LE brethren who sacrificed everything at the hands of these thugs will forever be remembered for your service and heroism. God Bless and rest in peace knowing that time will never erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 9, 2020

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