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Police Officer William Henry Torbit, Jr. | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

William Henry Torbit, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 2682

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 1/9/2011

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Not available

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Officer William Torbit was accidentally shot and killed by uniformed police officers after responding to a fight at a nightclub on North Paca Street at approximately 1:15 am.

Officer Torbit, who was in plainclothes, was one of the first officers to arrive to a call of a large fight at a nightclub. When he arrived, he began breaking up a fight between several females. As he broke up the fight he was attacked by a group of men.

At some point during the struggle with the males, Officer Torbit drew his service weapon. Responding officers, not realizing Officer Torbit was a police officer, shot and killed him. A second officer was shot and wounded in the foot during the melee.

Officer Torbit had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for eight years.

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My heart still aches. Gone but not forgotten cuz. I remember us both being in your sister's wedding and us having a ball, and you were telling me you want to be a police officer, cause you knew I was a deputy. Knowing you are with the Lord keeps me at peace.......but still greatly missed.

Deputy M. Clayborn
Richmond City Sheriff's Office (VA)
September 28, 2014

 

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