Police Officer Milton I. Spell

Police Officer Milton I. Spell

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, August 15, 1974

Milton I. Spell

Officer Spell was shot and killed after stopping a suspect drunk driver on North Bradford Street. After calling for backup he approached the vehicle to speak with the driver. As he was speaking to the driver shots were fired from inside the car and Officer Spell was struck in the chest and abdomen. His backup unit, who was less then one block away, heard the shots and immediately started CPR when he arrived on the scene. Officer Spell was transported to Johns Hopkins University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The 31-year-old suspect was apprehended, convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to life.

Officer Spell had been with the agency for 7 years. He was survived by his wife and two children. He was a Vietnam veteran.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 563
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Spell,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 15, 2017

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