Rest in Peace - Photos Used are Only to Pay Respect to those no longer with us

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fallen Officer - Percival Broderick Cummins

Sgt Ryan Russell is being laid to rest today after being killed last week when a man ran him over with a snow plow. The funeral is expected to have over 10,000 people out to pay their respects. As Russell is laid to rest, let's go back to a black officer killed in the line of duty in Toronto back in 1981.

Constable Percival Broderick Cummins was shot at the age of 38 when he and his partner answered a disturbance call back in September 1981. He suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and died shortly after. A struggled ensued with the suspect in the home the cops entered and the suspect managed to grab a gun belonging to the officer and shot Constable Cummins in the neck and his partner in the hand. The suspect was later shot however survived severe abdominal wounds.

Percival Cummins served 11 years with the Toronto Police Force. A native of Barbados, Percival loved being a cop and was a husband and father of two. He was later sent back home to Babados to be buried. The man charged in the shooting, Desmond Pert, 21, a Jamaican immigrant was later said to be insane. He was confined at the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre.