Patrolman William A. Miscannon

Patrolman William A. Miscannon

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, September 18, 1970

William A. Miscannon

Patrolman Miscannon was shot and killed while sitting in his marked patrol car at the intersection of Dorr and Junction Avenues, outside the headquarters building for the Black Panthers, during race riots.

A vehicle pulled up behind Patrolman Miscannon's patrol car and one of the occupants walked up and shot him at point-blank range. The suspect was charged with Patrolman Miscannon's murder but acquitted after two hung juries.

Patrolman Miscannon had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and four young children.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 393

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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I was only a rookie the night you were shot. I have never forgotten you. You were a very, very good officer and I appreciate the couple times I got to "fill in with you" on 12 Patrol. It was a special ride on a busy district with a special officer. Rest in peace and I will see you again.


November 3, 2017

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