Police Officer Frank Warren Whitby, Jr.

Police Officer Frank Warren Whitby, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, May 5, 1974

Frank Warren Whitby, Jr.

Officer Frank Whitby succumbed to gunshot wounds received one month earlier when he and his partner responded to a home on Lanvale Street for reports of a man firing a rifle. When they arrived on the scene they entered a home to search for the man. The suspect suddenly jumped out of a room on the end of a hallway and opened fire, striking Officer Whitby in the thigh and abdomen. Officer Whitby, who was armed with a shotgun, was able to push his partner to safety. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.

The suspect was committed to a state mental institution where he later died.

Officer Whitby had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Bio

  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 5, 1974
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed to institution

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I remember that day well. I was assigned the original call of “Discharge of Firearms/Gunfire” that day patrolling Unit 332. I had to respond from the Falls Road garage after refueling my vehicle. The call was then broadcasted on the city wide band as I pulled up to Lanvale Street as “Discharge of Firearms”.

I remember going to the front door and knocking on it by myself (no backup units were available from my sector). As I was walking off of the front porch, Frank pulled up. He was the first back up unit to arrive. He exited the vehicle, grabbed the shotgun out of the trunk and I distinctly remembered his jacket opened as he had placed the shotgun on his hip while walking. I made a fast joke about him looking like John Wayne and then told Frank I’d go around to the alley and check it out. I initially thought it was as BS call.

It couldn’t have been more than a minute or two I saw him drop in the alley having been shot.

I always reflect on that day. Why they didn’t answer the door when I knocked on it, yet answer it a minute later shooting and ultimately killing Frank, I will never know. Luck I guess.

I knew Frank from Kenwood High School. I was the police officer that went and picked up his wife to bring to Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a fearless warrior that was always the first in and had your back, always.

James Renner (quit department 1979)
Unit that was assigned the original call.

December 27, 2017

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