Police Officer Calvin M. Rodwell

Police Officer Calvin M. Rodwell

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, September 22, 1973

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Calvin M. Rodwell

Police Officer Calvin Rodwell was shot and killed by an armed suspect near the intersection of Aisquith Street and Fayette Street.

He was working a part-time job as a cab driver when his fare suddenly produced a pistol, ordered him from the cab, and stole it along with his cash bag. Minutes later Officer Rodwell stopped another cab for help. Unbeknownst to him, the man who committed the robbery was in the back seat returning the borrowed gun to the other cab driver. When the cab stopped the man shot him. The subject was arrested and charged with murder. The cab driver who lent him the gun was also charged with murder.

Officer Rodwell was participating in a program the Baltimore City Police Department created to allow off duty officers to work as cab drivers in an attempt to prevent robberies of cabbies.

Officer Rodwell had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 13 years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 1869

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Charged with murder

off duty, robbery

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Officer Rodwell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizen of Baltimore. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 22, 2023

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