Police Officer John F. Baylis

Police Officer John F. Baylis

Wilmington Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Wednesday, September 9, 1863

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John F. Baylis

Police Officer John Baylis was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for breach of the peace at a home on Sixth Street, near Madison Street.

During the arrest attempt the suspect shot Officer Baylis twice, killing him instantly.

The suspect was arrested by a high constable but acquitted at trial by a judge who believed the officer was "too hasty in making the arrest."

Officer Baylis was assigned to the night watch of the Third Ward but was temporarily assigned to day duty. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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Officer Baylis,
On today, the 160th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wilmington.


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September 9, 2023

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