Private Alfred W. Steinat

Private Alfred W. Steinat

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, May 2, 1963

Alfred W. Steinat

Private Aflred Steinat was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 450, approximately five miles from Bowie.

Unbeknownst to Private Steinat, the subject had just left a service shop without paying for a repair bill. As Private Steinat spoke with the man in the front seat of the patrol car he was shot in the chest by the man, who was armed with a .45 caliber handgun.

Despite being mortally wounded, Private Steinat pursued the suspect a short distance and returned fire. He collapsed as he attempted to get back into his patrol car. The man later committed suicide.

Private Steinat had served with the agency for one year. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 31

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I've known your son for almost 40+ years... Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High schools. We recently reconnected on Facebook about 2 1/2 years ago and met up again last year while my wife and I were visiting Greenville, SC. Your son is a fine man I must say and I am proud to call him my friend.

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