Detective Sergeant Frank William Grunder, Jr.

Detective Sergeant Frank William Grunder, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, August 1, 1974

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Frank William Grunder, Jr.

Detective Sergeant Frank Grunder was shot and killed by a criminal wanted on the west coast.

Sergeant Grunder was off duty driving around with his family when he noticed the suspect sitting on the steps of the St. Dominic's Catholic Church at Harford Road and Echodale Avenue. Knowing how dangerous the suspect was, he parked his family a long distance away and went to a payphone to call for assistance. At the same time, he noticed a marked patrol car and flagged the officer down.

As Sergeant Grunder and the officer approached the suspect, he produced a pistol and shot Sergeant Grunder in the chest, killing him instantly. The patrol officer returned fire killing the suspect.

Sergeant Grunder was a United States Marine Corps Reserve veteran and had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter. His father was a retired Lieutenant with the Baltimore City Police Department.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed

off duty, warrant service

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Your heroic and selfless actions that day are the definition of duty before self. Rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 1, 2020

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