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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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In April of 1969 I was assigned to file police reports in the Central Records Div. of the Baltimore Police Dept. until my academy class began training. I worked along with another recruit, “Lenny” Gray. We both had been in the Marine Corps and served in Viet Nam so we worked well together. We started the academy several weeks later and were seated alphabetically next to each other and even our weekend assignments were always together. Upon graduation, Lenny went to the Southeastern Dist. and I to the Western but we ran into each other from time to time. I remember coming to work and was sitting in roll call when the Lt. announced that a SE District police officer had been shot earlier that night. It wasn’t until later that they announced over the radio that Officer Lorenzo Gray had passed. I sat in the patrol car the rest of the night unable to speak to anyone. I went to the funeral home after closing because it was too emotional. I noticed his military medals were missing so I returned the next night and gave them my medals to put on his casket…he would have be awarded the same ones. I assume and hope that the medals are with him or his family. I knew I couldn’t bear to attend his funeral and even after all these years its still difficult to think about. I left Baltimore and the Police Dept. and I am now retired from the NJ Transit Police Dept. When teaching classes at the academy I would tell each recruit class about Lenny and the lesson that no matter how good you are “the job” can take the very best of us from our families and friends in a heartbeat. I have always and will always remember Lenny as a good man, a Marine, a great partner and most of all a loyal friend.
Semper Fidelis,
John T. Egger

John T. Egger
BPD classmate
May 6, 2017


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