Patrolman Richard F. Bosak

Sgt Benjamin GrahamPatrolman Richard F. Bosak 

19 April, 1968

On this date in Baltimore Police History 18 April, 1968, we lost our Brother Richard F. Bosak to gunfire based on the following:

A convicted narcotics user shot and killed a Homicide Detective yesterday after the investigator wrestled him to the floor of a Eutaw Street Bar. The gunman died of a bullet wound in the head minutes after he killed the policeman. The convict had escaped Wednesday from a jail guard escorting him to City Hospitals for treatment. The slain policeman, Detective Patrolman Richard F. Bosak, 40, was shot three times as he wrestled on the floor of the Golden Glow Restaurant in the first block North Eutaw Street. The convict, James V. Gallaird, 29, died minutes later less than a half a block away after the slain policeman’s partner had cornered him in the Hecht Company parking lot. A parking lot attendant said Gallaird shot himself. Gallaird shot his way to temporary freedom Wednesday with a pistol slipped to him by a young woman who brushed by him and an armed guard as they were leaving City Hospitals. The City Jail inmate fired several times at the pursuing guard and one bullet harmlessly pierced the guard’s pants. Police said that yesterday shortly before 6 p.m. Patrolman Bosak and his partner in the Criminal Investigation Division’s crimes against persons section went to the Golden Glow Restaurant to check out a tip that Galliard was to meet a friend there… As the policeman and the bar owner emerged from the kitchen, Galliard and his companion broke for the door… the policeman tackled Galliard. The detective and the convict fell heavily to the floor and continued struggling. Suddenly, shots barked out. The policeman slumped down dying. Galliard freed himself, holding a long-nosed revolver in one hand and grabbing the policeman’s .38 caliber service revolver with the other.

We his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department will not let him be forgotten – RIP Patrolman Richard F. Bosak and may God Bless You - For your service "Honored" the City of Baltimore, and the Baltimore Police Department"


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More Details

End of Watch 18 April 1968
City, St. Unit N Eutaw St
Panel Number 9-W: 8
Cause of Death Gunfire
Weapon - Handgun
District Worked Criminal Investigation Division

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