Agent Michael Joseph Cowdery, Jr.

Agent Michael Joseph Cowdery, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, March 13, 2001

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Michael Joseph Cowdery, Jr.

Agent Michael Cowdery was shot and killed while he and his partner were questioning two men in the 2300 block of Harford Road.

They were part of a 120-member unit working a plainclothes detail targeting violence in the city. As they approached the two men, a third man came around the corner and opened fire on them with a .357 caliber pistol, striking Agent Cowdery in the head and upper body.

Agent Cowdery's partner and a third officer who witnessed the shooting from across the street were able to return fire. The third officer chased the man for approximately 100 yards and exchanged gunfire with him again, striking him in the side, and arrested him.

Agent Cowdery was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately 30 minutes later. The suspect was convicted of Agent Cowdery's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Agent Cowdery had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 4-1/2 years. He is survived by his parents, sister, and son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

plainclothes, suspicious person

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Missing Everything about this young man! “Mike” I miss you my brother, and best friend. Truly Missed but Never Forgotten. R.I.P.

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