Patrolman William A. Moore

Patrolman William A. Moore

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, November 2, 1935

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William A. Moore

Patrolman William Toot and Patrolman William Moore were shot and killed at the city jail when two inmates attempted to escape. The inmates had obtained two pistols that had been smuggled into the jail inside of a baked turkey.

The two men, who were in jail for murdering a mail-driver, were captured in New York in January 1935. They were extradited back to Virginia and subsequently executed on February 2nd, 1935.

Patrolman Moore suffered severe wounds during the incident and remained hospitalized for almost one year. He succumbed to complications of his wounds on November 2nd, 1935.

Police suspected that Anthony Cugino, a member of the infamous Tri-state gang who was responsible for several murders in the northeast, sent the turkey to the inmates, who were also members of the gang. On September 9, 1935, Cugino was arrested in New York City. He confessed to the murder of Policeman Charles Stockberger of the Philadelphia Police Department on July 14, 1933, before hanging himself in his jail cell later that night. 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 Moore had served with the Richmond Police Department for 25 years.

Bio

  • Age 59
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 30, 1934
  • Weapon Handgun
  • 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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