Night Watchman John O'Mayer

Night Watchman John O'Mayer

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, November 13, 1856

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John O'Mayer

Night Watchman John O'Mayer succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 11 days earlier when he accidentally shot himself in the arm while attempting to quell a riot on election day.

The wound became so infected that a portion of his arm had to be amputated. Despite the amputation, Watchman O'Mayer developed lockjaw and passed away several days later.

Watchman O'Mayer was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 4, 1856


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Just so young and tragic. Rest in peace Night Watchman O'Mayer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 12, 2020

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