Private Alfred W. Steinat

Private Alfred W. Steinat

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, May 2, 1963

Alfred W. Steinat

Private Aflred Steinat was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 450, approximately five miles from Bowie.

Unbeknownst to Private Steinat, the subject had just left a service shop without paying for a repair bill. As Private Steinat spoke with the man in the front seat of the patrol car he was shot in the chest by the man, who was armed with a .45 caliber handgun.

Despite being mortally wounded, Private Steinat pursued the suspect a short distance and returned fire. He collapsed as he attempted to get back into his patrol car. The man later committed suicide.

Private Steinat had served with the agency for one year. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 31

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I met one of your sons today in Greenville, SC, one day after we laid to rest Ofc. Allen Jacobs of the Greenville Police Department. Found out that both he an I were at the funeral. It is tough on survivors, but I honor both their and your sacrifice. Rest easy, we have the watch.

Ofc. T. Joel Foster
Greenville Technical College Police

March 25, 2016

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