Police Officer Kevin Joseph McCarthy

Police Officer Kevin Joseph McCarthy

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, October 14, 2000

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Kevin Joseph McCarthy

Police Officer Kevin McCarthy and Sergeant John Platt were killed when their patrol car was broadsided at the intersection of Alta Avenue and Glenmore Avenue by a drunk driver. The two officers were on routine patrol in a residential area when the driver of the pickup truck failed to obey a stop sign and caused the collision.

The impact caused the patrol car to flip over and strike a utility pole. Both officers were killed instantly. Neither occupant of the pickup truck was injured. The 26-year-old driver of the vehicle was charged with DUI with other charges pending. An examination of the truck indicated the driver was going 63 mph in a 25 mph speed zone when the collision occurred. Because of a lengthy criminal record which showed drug and alcohol abuse since he was age 14, he had only recently received his drivers license. The driver was found guilty of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two ten year sentences with all but six years suspended. The suspect was released in 2003 after serving only 3 years and 2 months of his sentence. On October 5, 2009, the suspect was returned to prison for two years for violating his parole.

Officer McCarthy had been employed with the Baltimore City Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his 9-year-old daughter.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 2840

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Released in 2003

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