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Police Officer Frank Warren Whitby, Jr. | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Frank Warren Whitby, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Sunday, May 5, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/5/1974

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Committed to institution

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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.

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Officer Whitby I never had the honor of meeting you. However, I remember reading of your heroic actions in 1974 while I was a senior in high school and being inspired to become a police officer. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Please know you and your family are in my prayers. I have had the honor to meet and work with your daughter Dottie. Rest in peace Brother.

Cpl. Bruce Lohr, Retired
Howard County PD
May 19, 2016

 

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