Incident Summary:

9/18/1970: Police Officer William Albert Miscannon was sitting in his police car in Toledo, Ohio, United States, near the headquarters of the Black Panther Party, when an unknown perpetrator walked up to his car and shot the officer three times. Officer Miscannon was killed and his partner Officer Walter Shaw, who was also sitting in the car, was treated for shock.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Dorr Street

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Toledo Police Department
Specific Description Toledo Police officer stationed outside of the Black Panther Party Headquarters
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Silver handgun fired three times
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Following the attack there was a gunfight between the Toledo Police and Black Panthers. The Police raided the headquarters of the Black Panther party an hour after the incident which directly led to the demise of the BPP within Toledo. John McClellan was accused of carrying out the attack, but after three trials, two of which resulted in hung juries, he was acquitted.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Panthers (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agis Salpukas, "A Toledo Policeman Is Shot Dead in Patrol Car," New York Times, September 19, 1970.
Joshua Boak, "After 36 Years, Slain Officer's Daughter Feels Loss," Toledo Blade, February 22, 2007.
"Bloody Chapters Added To Panther Saga," Afro-American, September 26, 1970.