Clerk Alfred H. Walker

Clerk Alfred H. Walker

Maryland Division of Correction, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, July 8, 1927

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Alfred H. Walker

Clerk Alfred Walker succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier during an escape attempt by two inmates from the Maryland State Penitentiary in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the inmates had obtained a gun which had been smuggled into the prison.

As was common practice, another guard who had gone on his lunch break gave Clerk Walker to take over his duties until he returned. The two prisoners had observed this practice and devised a plan to attack Clerk Walker and escape while he was on watch.

After forging a pass to allow them access to a passageway, the two inmates walked to room where Clerk Walker was and knocked on the door. When Clerk Walker opened the door the inmate with the gun immediately opened fire, striking him in the shoulder and chest.

A prison telephone operator immediately yelled out a window at a passing taxi driver, who then alerted nearby police officers of the shooting. As the officers responded to the prison another guard shot and wounded the inmate with the gun, and then the second inmate, who had picked up Clerk Walker's gun.

Clerk Walker was taken to a local hospital where he died three days later.

Both men were convicted of Clerk Walker's murder and sentenced to death. They were both executed by hanging in the prison on August 3, 1928.

Clerk Walker was survived by his wife.


  • Age 63
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, July 5, 1927
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1928

correctional Facility, escape attempt

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At least there was swift justice in this case. But it don't take away how much you are missed. Thank you for your service and dedication. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten

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July 8, 2023

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