Sergeant James L. Scholl

Sergeant James L. Scholl

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, August 1, 1953

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James L. Scholl

Sergeant James Scholl was shot and fatally wounded and another officer was seriously wounded on July 20th, 1953, during a gun battle at a tavern and died as a result of those injuries on August 1st, 1953.

He and other officers had discovered several men burglarizing a tavern in the 1800 block of Broening Highway at approximately 3:00 am. One of the subjects opened fire, wounding Sergeant Scholl.

The 20-year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Sergeant Scholl had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 10 years and was a second generation officer with the agency. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, sister, and three brothers.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1240

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 20, 1953
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Though I never met him, this man has a great deal to do with the outcome of my life. He is the uncle, namesake, and reason my father spent 30 years in the Baltimore City police department. There is no doubt in my mind that he helped contribute to the fact that my brother is currently in his 17th year in the Baltimore City police department, and I am in my second year in the Baltimore City fire department. I had the great honor of being in Washington DC today for Fallen Heroes Police Week. I found his name on the memorial wall, sketched it on a piece of paper that will always reside in my wallet (for the second time of my life, since the first one was destroyed over time), and always try to remember his sacrifice. I can assure you that his memory will live on, not only by the things that he did in his life and ultimately what led to his death, but because of his actions, my father, my brother and I chose to carry on his duties by protecting this great city of ours.

EMT/FF Matthew Boyd

May 15, 2013

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