Police Officer John W. Arnold

Police Officer John W. Arnold

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, December 30, 1948

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John W. Arnold

Police Officer John Arnold succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on December 12th, 1948, as he approached a suspect choking a woman in an ally called Little Pine Street near Argyle Avenue and Biddle Street (modern-day Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard).

On March 22, 1949, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On December 14, 1950, he killed himself by cutting his throat at the Maryland Penitentiary.

Officer Arnold had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 27 years. He was survived by three children and 10 grandchildren.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 12, 1948
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide in prison


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Officer Arnold,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baltimore. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(retired)

December 30, 2023

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