Police Officer Alfred Baird

Police Officer Alfred Baird

Asheville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, April 16, 1972

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Alfred Baird

Police Officer Alfred Baird was shot and killed while on foot patrol on Eagle Street in downtown Asheville.

A man walked up and shot him and another man he was talking to without provocation. Officer Baird was killed instantly. The suspect was apprehended a short time later. The man Officer Baird was talking to died from his wounds two weeks later.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to two terms of 12.5 years to life in prison. He died in prison on January 6th, 1980.

Officer Baird had served with the Asheville Police Department for eight years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

ambush, foot patrol

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Officer Baird,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Asheville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 16, 2022

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