Officers Frank W. Whitby

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Officers Frank Whitby
49-E: 8

End of Watch: May 5, 1974
Baltimore City, Maryland, P.D.
Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 1974, Officers Frank Whitby and William Nowakowski, working 311 post, received a call to back-up a unit, which was handling a call for an armed person in the 1900 Block of Lanvale Street. Officer Whitby took the shotgun from the trunk of his patrol car and approached the door of the house with his fellow officers. The three officers confronted the woman who answered the door. She assured them that the suspect was in the house but was not armed. Carefully, they entered the dwelling, Officer Whitby in the lead. Suddenly, a volley of shots erupted from the far end of the hallway. Officer Whitby was struck three times and fell to the floor. His fellow officers obtained cover and returned fire. Officer Whitby crawled from the hallway to the safety of the street. Additional back up units arrived and the business of getting the suspect out of the house began. The 42-year-old suspect finally surrendered to Police Officers after several minutes of negotiations. Officer Whitby, a 22-year-old father of two small daughters, succumbed to the massive abdominal wound on May 5th at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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End of Watch 5 May, 1974
City, St. 1900 Block of Lanvale St
Panel Number 49-E: 8
Cause of Death Gunfire
District Worked Eastern

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