Police Officer Vincent J. Adolfo

Police Officer Vincent J. Adolfo

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, November 18, 1985

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Vincent J. Adolfo

Police Officer Vincent Adolfo was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had just fled from officers in a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle rammed another patrol car and all of the occupants fled on foot. Officer Adolfo chased one of the men to Iron Alley where the man pretended to give up. As Officer Adolfo approached him the man produced a .357 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking him in the chest and back. Officer Adolfo's police issue vest only contained a front panel that stopped rounds up to .38 caliber.

The suspect was apprehended in Oklahoma, returned to Maryland, and executed for the murder in 1997.

Officer Adolfo had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1997

stolen vehicle

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I'm writing with utmost respect and sadness for your family. My name is Sally Shea. My brother, Detective Dan Shea worked this case. He passed in 1991 of cancer. I recently came across the news clippings of this senseless crime. . I have written to the Balto Sun, hoping to gather info for a possible documentary. The Sun ran a 3 part story, 'One Gun's Trail of Violence.' 5/11/1987. Please reach out if you have any interest in exploring a project, honoring our officers. All my best. ~ Sally. [email protected] (add something in the title so I'll know you are not spam)

Sally Shea
My brother was Detective Dan Shea

June 19, 2021

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