Police Officer Jimmy Dale Halcomb

Police Officer Jimmy Dale Halcomb

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, April 16, 1976

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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As I sit here reading the reflections of so many and the outpouring of love and respect, I am humbled and so thankful for all of you who stopped to write your thoughts and those who to took the time and write letters to the Parole Board.
This year or possibly next year, Jimmy's killer John Earl Williams has been granted a new trial because of an error in instructions to the jury in the original trial. This is due to a ruling called the Unger Ruling. I won't go into it but you can Google Unger Ruling for more information. This year, so far, I have gone to court to stop him for time served to requesting bail until the new trail. This has taken a toll on my family and me. I am so thankful for all of the many active and retired law enforcement that have been there for me in court and in prayers. I will keep you all informed as things progress.

In Loving Memory of Officer Jimmy D. Halcomb, I remain,
Angie Halcomb
Surviving Spouce
EOW: 04/16/1976

July 10, 2017

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