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Corporal Samuel L. Snyder | Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

Corporal

Samuel L. Snyder

Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 23, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 71

Tour: 30 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/10/1983

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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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.

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Uncle Sam, when I retired from the Air Force in 94. I went to a job fair. At the fair were officers from the Baltimore County PD. I asked.if they knew you and the did after 11 years they still remembered you. They told me they would be honored for me.to serve on their department. That is a testament to you uncle.Sam. I talked to uncle John tonight and he told me that aunt Helen is 102 years old. The one thing I remember is the love that you shared. I know you are looking over the officers that are serving. RIP Uncle. Your end of watch was many years ago.I know you are still on patrol.

Bill Hilbert
Grand nephew
September 23, 2016

 

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