Patrolman Charles Alan Huckeba

Patrolman Charles Alan Huckeba

Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, July 6, 1977

Charles Alan Huckeba

Patrolman Charles Huckeba and Officer John Stem were shot after they responded to the scene of a domestic disturbance.

The suspect shot at the officers when they approached his house. Officer Huckeba was shot in the face and killed. Officer Stem was wounded while attempting to assist Officer Huckeba.

The suspect, who was high on PCP at the time, was shot and killed by the department's tactical unit later in the day.

Officer Stem was paralyzed by the gunshot wound. He died of medical complications in 2000.

Patrolman Huckeba had served with the Baltimore County Police Department for 11 months and had previously served with the Howard County Police Department. He is survived by his wife and young son.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; M-1
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I only met Chuck one time and the situation was so unusual, I am glad that I stumbled upon a forum for sharing it. I was at my National Guard Unit's two week annual training pulling KP, sometime in the early 70's. I was elbow deep at the sink washing huge pots and pans and struck up a conversation with a guardsman from another company who was similarly engaged, who turned out to be Chuck. We were both surprised to find out we were both rookies with Baltimore County although we worked on opposite sides of the county. I remember him being pleasent, how he didn't complain about our work that day and how enthusiatically he spoke about being a cop. A year or so later I believe, the shooting took place but I didn't associate the name with the the person I met at summer camp. I guess it was a year or so after that when I saw his memorial picture in the lobby of police headquarters and immediately realized officer Huckeba was Chuck, my KP buddy that day. It had a chilling effect on me and struck me with a deep sense of loss. Although we only spent a few hours together we were the same age, were both guardsman and rookies and even married ladies both named Debbie. I thought alot about the few hours we spent together and hoped that those he left behind have found some peace in this world. I know he'd have wanted it that way.

Adam Starr
Baltimore County PD 1972-97

November 25, 2016

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