Private Alfred W. Steinat

Private Alfred W. Steinat

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, May 2, 1963

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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 Prince George's County Police Department 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

traffic stop

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I will think about you today as I do every day Dad. I wish I got the chance to hear your voice and to see your mannerisms but our Heavenly Father had other plans.

Much Love Dad.


May 2, 2024

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