Police Officer William Henry Torbit, Jr.

Police Officer William Henry Torbit, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, January 9, 2011

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William Henry Torbit, Jr.

Police Officer William Torbit was accidentally shot and killed by uniformed police officers after responding to a fight at a nightclub on North Paca Street at approximately 1:15 am.

Officer Torbit, who was in plainclothes, was one of the first officers to arrive to a call of a large fight at a nightclub. When he arrived, he began breaking up a fight between several females. As he broke up the fight he was attacked by a group of men.

At some point during the struggle with the males, Officer Torbit drew his service weapon. Responding officers, not realizing Officer Torbit was a police officer, shot and killed him. A second officer was shot and wounded in the foot during the melee.

Officer Torbit had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for eight years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 2682

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

fight call, mistaken identity, plainclothes

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My friend, it's been 10 long years since you have been gone. We had so much fun going to school together but drifted apart afterwards. I will never forget the first time you saw me & pulled me over. On the inside I was fuming and mad as hell since I thought I was getting pulled over again for "driving while being a Black man" you asked for my name & registration then when I gave them to you, you lifted up your visor to reveal your smiling face. (Tears come to me eyes now just thinking about you) You laughed so hard at my shocked face. It was good seeing you again & catching up. Whenever we would see each other in the street we would talk & you quickly changed my opinions about cops. You really enjoyed what you did & how could all cops be bad if you were one now. I was devastated when I saw the news about your death. It still doesn't sit right with me. RIP my friend.

Danny Doyle Jr

July 5, 2021

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