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 juvenile gained possession of his service revolver while he was watching him in the ambulance.

He and another officer had just been involved in a shooting with the juvenile who had attempted to rob a store with two accomplices. The juvenile was wounded in the leg during the shootout and was being transported to a hospital when he began to struggle with the officers in the ambulance.

The ambulance came to a stop at the intersection of Baker Street and Poplar Grove Street. The subject and the two officers ended up outside of the ambulance. The boy was able to disarm Officer Phelan before shooting him in the chest and the other officer in the leg.

Officer Phelan had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for four months. He was survived by his wife.


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

Incident Details

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

juvenile offender, robbery

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Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice are always remembered.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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