Officer Duke G. Aaron, III

Officer Duke G. Aaron, III

Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, July 20, 2004

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Duke G. Aaron, III

Officer Duke Aaron was killed when his unmarked patrol car was struck from behind by a pick-up truck on U.S. Route 50, near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Anne Arundel County.

He stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on westbound Route 50. After issuing the motorist a summons, Officer Aaron returned to his unmarked vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder of the highway. As he was sitting in the parked patrol car, it was struck from behind by a pick-up truck.

Officer Aaron was taken to Shock Trauma Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Aaron's patrol car, who was only slightly injured in the collision, had a suspended license at the time of the incident. The driver was charged with 12 counts as a result of the incident. On August 25th, 2005, he pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. He was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison and five years of supervised probation. He was released on parole on May 18th, 2007. On October 21st, 2012, the subject was convicted of a probation violation and ordered to finish the remaining 2-1/2 years of his sentence.

Officer Aaron had served with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, sister, and parents. Officer Aaron's father-in-law retired from the same agency several months prior to the incident and had served as his training officer.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 0118

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Convicted

traffic stop

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Just thinking of you my brother… Thinking of where you would be today, such a tragic and senseless loss..

Retired officer Makowski
MdTA Police

February 4, 2023

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