Police Officer Kevon Malik Gavin

Police Officer Kevon Malik Gavin

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, April 21, 2000

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Kevon Malik Gavin

Police Officer Kevon Gavin died a day after his patrol car was struck by a vehicle being pursued by other officers on Lombard Street near Gilmore Street.

The suspects were being pursued by officers responding to a shots fired call just after 10:00 pm. The suspect's vehicle deliberately struck Officer Gavin's patrol carat over 80 mph, landed on top of it, and crushed its roof. Officers on the scene attempted to remove the vehicle as Officer Gavin's vehicle ignited in flames, but could not free him until emergency crews arrived.

Officer Gavin was transported to a local hospital where he died at 3:30 pm the next day. The juvenile driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene and charged as an adult with first-degree murder. The boy was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a semi-automatic handgun. Even though the boy admitted driving the vehicle, in January 2001, he was acquitted of all charges, including first-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter, use of a motor vehicle as a deadly weapon, transportation of a handgun, and wearing a bulletproof vest.

Officer Gavin was a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War and had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, two stepchildren, and one son.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 20, 2000
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Acquitted of all charges

juvenile offender, shots fired call, vehicle pursuit

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I don't know where to even begin about the disgust. This is yet another clear example of when arguments are made about a "broken and flawed justice system" that argument is not directed toward the victim, where it should properly be directed. Officer Gavin, your killer may have escaped justice here for your untimely departure but he will surely face a much higher court and much, much higher justice someday in a different place. Rest in peace always sir knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 1, 2020

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