Police Officer Jimmy Dale Halcomb

Police Officer Jimmy Dale Halcomb

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, April 16, 1976

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Jimmy Dale Halcomb

Police Officer Jimmy Halcomb was shot and killed by a sniper who was using armor piercing ammunition near the intersection of Lombard and Carey Streets.

Officer Halcomb was taking cover behind an automobile when he was struck by a rifle shot fired through the vehicle.

The subject shot and wounded five other officers and several civilians before surrendering. On July 1st, 1977, the subject was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life plus 60 years. In 2017 the man was granted a new trial, schedule to start in 2018.

As a result of this incident, the Baltimore Police Department created the Quick Response Team.

Officer Halcomb had served with the Baltimore Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two daughters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 293

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, sniper

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On the forty-four anniversary of your death, the city of Baltimore State's Attorney's Office is still investigating it. The Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland made this information known in 2019. The medical records custodian for the Medical Examiner's Office, Mr. Bruce Goldfarb, added, "they could still prosecute someone." You and your family deserve the very best. I want to write a book about what happened to you and create a museum at 43 Carey Street (near Lombard)--- a museum dedicated to your life and how it changed Baltimore, the city where you fell. Everyone's feelings and observations from forty four years ago, today, can rest your case.
In peace and goodwill. We light another candle.

Kyle Ann Ross

April 16, 2020

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