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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Still remember this day like it was yesterday. I was at work with Vince's Dad, Fred that evening, he was always so proud of his son. His kids in general. Vince had just stopped by to see his dad before the call, he should have been headed home. he was a dedicated officer who loved his family beyond measure.
I could scarcely look into his father's eyes after that day. He put on a brave face but the anguish, pain, knowledge of the senselessness of his sons murder mere blocks, minutes from their last words to each other and missing his son just gutted me. I remember this tight knit family coming together, doing everything they could to make sure that their loved one's murderer was brought to justice. And they did just that.
Thank you Vince, for your service.
Missing you Vince and you Fred...


March 31, 2021

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