Police Officer Frank Warren Whitby, Jr.

Police Officer Frank Warren Whitby, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, May 5, 1974

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Frank Warren Whitby, Jr.

Police Officer Frank Whitby succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one month earlier when he and his partner responded to a home in the 1900 block of East Lanvale Street for reports of a man firing a rifle.

When they arrived at the scene they entered a home to search for the man. The subject suddenly jumped out of a room on the end of a hallway and opened fire, striking Officer Whitby in the thigh and abdomen. Officer Whitby, who was armed with a shotgun, was able to push his partner to safety. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.

The man was committed to a state mental institution where he later died.

Officer Whitby had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 5, 1974
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed to institution

EDP, shots fired call

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As Debbie Pasternak Coyle and I prepare for the 50th Anniversary of our High School Graduation we reflect on both knowing you in high school. You and Debbie dated briefly and I was lucky enough to win her heart. Who would have guessed that I would go on to take up Law Enforcement also. You have two fine daughters. Dottie ,who followed you into Law Enforcement, had a wonderful career. I was fortunate to work with her for several years. Frannie is a very wonderful young woman also. As you look down on us you need not worry about them they are both strong Women. You are missed but will not be forgotten.

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Sgt. C. R. Coyle Retired
Baltimore County Police Department

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