Corporal Samuel L. Snyder

Corporal Samuel L. Snyder

Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 1983

Samuel L. Snyder

Corporal Snyder was shot and killed while backing up officers at a disturbance call at a local restaurant. When officers arrived, they found several patrons attempting to separate a man and a woman engaged in a physical altercation. The officers were able to gain control of the situation and placed the male suspect in his own car while they questioned witnesses. The man suddenly pulled out a gun from under his seat and began shooting.

Corporal Snyder had just arrived on the scene and was walking toward the other officers when the shooting began. He was struck once in the back by one of the five shots fired. Other officers on the scene returned fire, wounding the man in the abdomen before taking him into custody.

Corporal Snyder was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries 13 days later. At 71 years old, he was the oldest active serving officer with the department when he was shot. He had been with the agency for 30 years and was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 71
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 10, 1983
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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I will never forget Cpl. Sam. Having the same last name gave us a connection that will last forever though we were not related. It was always a pleasure working with you and seeing you on the street. R.I.P. Sammy until we meet again

Detective Kenneth Wm. Snyder
Baltimore County MD Police

August 23, 2017

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