Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Man killed by police after becoming suddenly aggressive towards his family

From the Chicago Daily Tribune
Published December 24, 1925

Sidney Toms “suddenly became demented” causing his wife and children to flee and summon police and locked himself in his grocery store. During a stand-off, police shot tear gas into the store to entice Toms to surrender and Toms retaliated by throwing a knife and a peanut vending machine at them. Police entered the store, Toms slashed at the officers with a knife, and the police killed Toms with a shot to the head.

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