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Police Officer Lorenzo Arnest Gray | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Lorenzo Arnest Gray

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 26, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1986

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Officer Lorenzo Gray was shot and killed by a shotgun blast as he and his partner entered a hotel on the Pulaski Highway to investigate a report of a holdup. Officer Gray managed to return fire wounding the suspect's accomplice. Both men were apprehended as they ran from the hotel by a team of federal agents on an unrelated stake-out.

The gunman was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was paroled in 1986. On May 4, 1993, he and three other paroled killers were arrested in Baltimore for operating a million dollar a month drug operation.

Officer Gray is survived by his wife and daughter. His daughter later went on to serve with the Baltimore Police Department. Officer Gray also served in the United States Marine Corps.

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41 YEARS AGO TOMORROW, I WAS TALKING TO LORENZO JUST BEFORE HE RESPONDED TO THAT FATAL CALL. I WAS WORKING THE POST CAR NEXT TO HIS. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEM, ONCE THEY PUT ON THE UNIFORM AND GO OUT ON THE STREET. ONLY GOD KNOWS. ALL THESE YEARS I'VE WONDERED WHY HE CHOSE TO TAKE LORENZO THAT NIGHT.
I ONLY KNEW LORENZO AS A COP. AND AS A COP HE WAS DEDICATED, SMART AND WAS ALWAYS THERE TO BACK YOU UP TIL YOU TOLD HIM THINGS WERE OK. GOD SURELY TOOK HIM AWAY TO SOON. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
I AM FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO STILL BE AROUND AFTER ALL THESE YEARS AND I FELT IT WAS FITTING TO LET OTHERS KNOW THAT EVEN THO LORENZO IS GONE, HE'S NOT FORGOTTEN.

C.W.HEROLD RETIRED BCPD
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July 25, 2013

 

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