Police Officer Donald W. Sager

Police Officer Donald W. Sager

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, April 24, 1970

Add to My Heroes

Donald W. Sager

Police Officer Donald Sager was shot and killed and his partner was seriously wounded as they sat in their patrol car writing a report in the 1200 block of Myrtle Avenue.

Three men, members of the radical Black Panthers, walked up behind and on each side of the patrol car and opened fire with automatic handguns. Officer Sager was killed instantly and his partner was hit four times. Two of the suspects were apprehended near the scene an hour later. The third suspect was apprehended two days later.

In 1972 all three suspects were found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. One died in prison in November 1980. Another was released from prison in May 2010. The third subject was released from prison on March 4th, 2014.

Officer Sager had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and child.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 2355

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

View all 27 Reflections

I was a rookie police officer with BCPD, Central District, Sector 1. I often partnered with Don Sager on patrol. He was a quiet, gentle soul, but steadfast in his attention to duty. I was off that night for the beginning of vacation time. I had traded a day with the other officer shot that evening, Stanley Sierakowski. I often wondered, what if? 50 years ago. RIP.

Patrolman Dean Mills (Retired)
Former BCPD Officer. Retired Baltimore School Police. Partnered with

May 26, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.