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Patrolman August Baker | Cumberland Police Department, Maryland Cumberland Police Department, Maryland


August Baker

Cumberland Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Sunday, October 6, 1907

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/4/1907

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Lynched by citizens

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Patrolman Baker was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had been involved in a fight at a saloon in Shanteytown.

Patrolman Baker was making the arrest on Wineow Street when the man suddenly produced a revolver and shot him. Patrolman Baker was transported to Allegany Hospital where he died from his wounds two days later.

The suspect was apprehended and taken to the Allegany County Jail. A crowd of 200 citizens formed at the jail following Patrolman Baker's death. When the lone deputy inside refused to open the doors, the mob grabbed a utility pole and knocked the door down. They then attacked the deputy and again used the utility pole to knock down the cell door. The suspect was dragged from the jail and beaten almost to death before his limp body was shot 12 times by the mob.

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Rest in peace Mr Baker, you will always be one of Cumberland's finest. God bless you and the Cumberland Police Department.

October 6, 2009


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