Police Officer William Ronald Toney

Police Officer William Ronald Toney

Beech Grove Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, September 29, 2000

William Ronald Toney

Police Officer William Toney was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a car theft suspect.

The incident had begun when another officer spotted a suspicious van and attempted to stop it. The driver of the van fled with the officer in pursuit. Officer Toney joined the pursuit and chased the van until it crashed in a residential neighborhood. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot with Officer Toney in pursuit. During the foot chase the suspect turned and fired several shots, one of which struck Officer Toney in the throat above his bullet-resistant vest. He was able to return fire once but did not hit the suspect. Officer Toney was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect was arrested in a nearby house several hours later after a search involving over 100 officers from several agencies. He was charged with murder, car theft, resisting law enforcement, and several other charges. On October 15, 2002, he was sentenced to death.

Officer Toney had served with the Beech Grove Police Department for two years, with the incident occurring one day before his 32nd birthday. He was survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 18 months and four years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 37

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to death

foot pursuit, vehicle pursuit

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I watched the death row story and wanted to see who this officer was that , the killer said he was young and fast, he caught up with me.
When I saw his picture I cried a bit cause he, was, so handsome, so full of life. He surely had a beautiful young wife, who looked forward living life with him. I am also a Christian and as happy his, wife is too. Fyi....
I gain great comfort in watching videos about near death experiences, where people die, visit heaven , speak with Christ and come back to tell about it. There's one with a police officers testimony as well. I hope the wife's joy can be full, knowing she will see Jesus and her husband. Mashing that feel real is a challenge im sure. God bless all who miss him.

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