Lieutenant Owen Eugene Sweeney, Jr.

Lieutenant Owen Eugene Sweeney, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, May 7, 1997

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Owen Eugene Sweeney, Jr.

Lieutenant Owen Sweeney was killed while attempting to serve a petition for a mental commitment.

Lieutenant Sweeney went to a home on Bertram Avenue to serve the petition with other officers. The man named on the petition fired a shotgun through the front door. The blast struck Lieutenant Sweeny in his lower back as he was walking away from the door after attempting to talk to the man.

The man was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial. He was committed to a maximum security state hospital and held not criminally responsible for Lieutenant Sweeney's murder.

Lieutenant Sweeney was a 28-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department and routinely worked in the field with officers under his command. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 16 gauge
  • Offender Committed


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Rest in peace Lt. Sweeney.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 5, 2022

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