Police Officer Louis Robert Toriello

Police Officer Louis Robert Toriello

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, October 6, 1950

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Louis Robert Toriello

Officer Toriello was stabbed to death when he and another officer were attacked at Montgomery Avenue and Bouvier Street by a man who had just been released from the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. The other officer shot the suspect three times.

The 26-year-old suspect was recommitted at the mental hospital. On March 20, 1975, he was deemed competent to stand trial and was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. A few months after entering prison he was transferred to the Fairview Hospital for the criminally insane. On January 6, 1985, he was transferred to a nursing home due to very poor health.

Officer Toriello was a U.S Army veteran of WWII and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for one month. He was survived by his wife, and 14-month old child.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge 2408
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Sentenced to Life

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On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your sacrifice is always remembered.

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

October 6, 2020

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