Corporal Samuel L. Snyder

Corporal Samuel L. Snyder

Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 1983

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Samuel L. Snyder

Corporal Samuel Snyder was shot and killed while backing up officers at a disturbance call at a local restaurant at the intersection of Loch Raven Boulevard and East Joppa Road.

When officers arrived, they found several patrons attempting to separate a man and a woman engaged in a physical altercation. The officers were able to gain control of the situation and placed the male suspect in his own car while they questioned witnesses. The man suddenly pulled out a gun from under his seat and began shooting.

Corporal Snyder had just arrived on the scene and was walking toward the other officers when the shooting began. He was struck once in the back by one of the five shots fired. Other officers on the scene returned fire, wounding the man in the abdomen before taking him into custody.

He was flown to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries 13 days later. At 71 years old, he was the oldest active serving officer with the department when he was shot.

Corporal Snyder had served with the Baltimore County Police Department for 30 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 71
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 10, 1983
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended


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I didn't know much about Cpl. Snyder other than he lost his life performing what he was sworn to do in a neighborhood where he was well known and admired. I was a teenager at the time of his unfortunate encounter at what was once known as the 'Bel-Loc Diner' on the corner of Loch Raven Blvd and East Joppa Road in the area called Baynesville. What I do recall most vividly was watching his funeral cortege from the parking lot of the Parkville Shopping Center on Harford Road. That was the first time, but not the last, funeral of a fallen first responder I've ever witnessed in-person. I hope there are no more ceremonies of this kind going forward. Godspeed Cpl. Snyder, although many years belatedly, and best wishes to all of the first responders out there who put their lives on the line 24/7 to keep our communities safe from whatever harm that may arise.

Citizen David Updegraff
Member of the General Public

November 8, 2022

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