Police Officer John R. Phelan

Police Officer John R. Phelan

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, September 29, 1956

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John R. Phelan

Police Officer John Phelan was shot and killed by a wounded suspect after the man gained possession of his service revolver while he was watching him in the ambulance.

Officer Phelan had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for four months.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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In 2006 I was contacted by Major Regis Phelan whose father was your brother. He asked if the Northwest District could have a 50 year memorial service to honor his uncle. Of course I was more than happy to have the service. After the service I spoke with Major Phelan's father who told me that the night that his brother was killed the Lieutenant on duty in the Northwest was Lt. Spicer. It was an erie feeling as I was the Lieutenant holding the memorial and I am Lt. Spicer. Rest in peace.

Lt. Jack Spicer
Baltimore City Police

January 7, 2017

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