Police Officer Donald W. Sager

Police Officer Donald W. Sager

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, April 24, 1970

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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

ambush, terrorism

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It feels crazy that so many years have gone by since Baltimore Officer Donald Sager was ambushed along with his partner and Donald Sager killed.
I am a "Sager" and was born in Baltimore Maryland in May of 1949. My family left Baltimore due to my father being transferred to Kansas City Missouri with the Department of the US Treasury and I was 5 years old then.
I served two deployments to the Vietnam War, 1968-69 & 1970-71. When I returned, I was appointed to the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, a Missouri State Controlled Department, with no city involvement or say-so. I served 26 years on the department and during that time, we lost 15 officers on the job.
Our Chief, Clarence M. Kelly, was stolen away by the president in 1974 and appointed "Director of the FBI," "Back when we could trust them."
I know what it feels like to lose members of a police family. The pain and memory is always there.
I didn't know Donald Sager but my father said they were most likely related. I was adopted in Baltimore and I am a Blood "Cellinese."
Please, all of you officers, be careful. These are bad times for law enforcement and extremely dangerous.
:> Christopher Sager//(Michael Cellinese) Retired-Kansas Cirt Missouri Police Department.

Retired-Christopher Sager
Ret, Kansas City Missouri Police Department

December 1, 2022

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