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Police Officer Vincent J. Adolfo | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Vincent J. Adolfo

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Monday, November 18, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1997

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Officer Adolfo was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had just fled from officers in a stolen vehicle. The vehicle rammed another patrol car and all of the occupants fled on foot. Officer Adolfo chased one of the men to Iron Alley where the man pretended to give up. As Officer Adolfo approached him the man produced a .357 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking him in the chest and back. Officer Adolfo's police issue vest only contained a front panel which stopped rounds up to .38 caliber.

The suspect was apprehended in Oklahoma, returned to Maryland, and executed for the murder in 1997.

Officer Adolfo had served with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife.

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I was next door neighbors with Vince's parents when I was a little kid. I remember Vince very well. I always thought his police gear was so cool. Him and his family were like family to me and my brothers. I wanted to become a police officer when I was a kid because of Vince. After his death I never wanted to do it. Your murder affected my life greatly. I will always remember you and your family. I just found this page and it brought back a lot of memories. Thank you Vince for being such a great person and role model.

Shawn Preston
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November 16, 2017


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