Police Officer Carl Peterson, Jr.

Police Officer Carl Peterson, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, June 12, 1971

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Carl Peterson, Jr.

Police Officer Carl Peterson was shot and killed as he was using a call box at the corner of West Lexington Street and Greene Street.

A man attacked him, took his revolver, and shot him in the head. The suspect was arrested a short time later and told officers that he did not know why he shot Officer Peterson.

Officer Peterson had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and stepdaughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended


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Carl Peterson was a friend of my parents. When he came to dinner he always cleaned everything up afterwards, making everything sparkle. I remember him so well, scrubbing long blackened pots until they gleamed. He was an all around good guy, quiet mannered and kind. I was a teenager and didn't like my parents or their friends, but I 100% admired and respected Officer Peterson. I was devastated by his murder. I hope he and his wife Helen are together, RIP.

Just a citizen Susan Goodlaxson

February 20, 2022

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