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Special Agent Louis Edward Baum | Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Louis Edward Baum

Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 27, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Tennessee

Incident Date: 7/25/1927

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Arrested

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Special Agent Louis Baum succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while investigating two men in the Illinois Central Railroad yards in Raines, Tennessee.

He had been assigned to the yards to investigate recent gasoline thefts. During his patrol he observed two men walking towards a gasoline shed and he began to approach them. The men separated and, as Special Agent Baum attempted to contact one of them, he was shot in the abdomen.

He was taken to a hospital Memphis where he died from his wound.

The two subjects were arrested in Pulaski, Illinois, for an unrelated crime. One of the subjects was later shot and killed during an escape attempt. Following his death, the second juvenile subject admitted that he and his accomplice had committed 17 crimes, including Special Agent Baum's murder.

Special Agent Baum was survived by his wife.

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Agent Baum,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


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July 27, 2017


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