ROBERT "BOBBIE BULL" GIOVANNONI
July 23, 1956
Patrolman Robert Giovannoni was shot and killed by a 17-year-old suspect who had been taken
to the police station after being arrested during a traffic stop by two other officers.
Patrolman Giovannoni, who was the acting desk sergeant, told the boy that he had to pay a cash
bond and then left the room to get a drink of water. While he was out of the room the boy took
the officer's revolver from the desk and concealed it behind him.
When Patrolman Giovannoni returned the boy pointed the gun at him and told him to get on
the floor. As Patrolman Giovannoni complied he suddenly lunged at the suspect. The suspect
shot Patrolman Giovannoni in the throat and then again in the back as the officer tried to get up.
He was able to call for help into the radio before making it to the front of the police station and
The suspect was arrested and convicted of murder.
Resolution passed by Mayor Tobolski and the Village Board Commemorating the 60th Anniversary and Honoring the Service of Sergeant Robert Giovannoni, July 18, 2016.