P/O John T. King, Jr.

Fallen HeroOfficer John King 

On this day 28 Dec 1936 in Baltimore Police History we lost our Brother, Officer John T. King, Jr. as he was killed when he was stuck by a Vehicle on 27 Dec 1936 at 11:20PM. Officer King was struck by a motorist while crossing the intersection of Hoffman and Caroline Streets. He was treated for serious fractures of both legs, internal injuries, abrasions and shock. The next morning (this day 28 Dec 1936) Officer King succumbed to his injuries. He had joined the BPD on April 10, 1923 and served 13 years and 8 months.

The Sun (1837-1987); Dec 28, 1936; pg. 14 
Policeman Badly Hurt
Patrolman John T. King, 43, of the 500 block of Morello Avenue, northeastern district, was seriously injured early this morning 28 December 1936 when he was struck by an automobile at Carolina and Hoffman streets. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where his injuries were diagnosed as possible internal injuries and compound fractures of both legs.

William F. Higgins, the driver of the car, was charged with failing to give right away to a policeman and failing to have a registration card in his possession.

The Sun (1837-1987); Jan 21, 1937;
pg. 24
Held For Grand Jury
William Higgins, 20, of the, was held for the action of the grand jury yesterday by Dr. Gurley on the charge of causing the death of patrolman John T. King, 42, of the northeastern district. The accident occurred at Huffman and Caroline streets December 28, 1936, and the patrolman died the next day in St. Joseph’s Hospital

The Sun (1837-1987); Feb 11, 1937;
pg. 11
Used Is Exonerated In Policeman’s Death

William S. Higgins cleared in traffic accident fatal to Officer John T. King; William F. Higgins, 20, yesterday was acquitted by Judge Roland K. Adams of the charge of manslaughter growing out of the killing by an automobile of patrolman John T. King at Hoffman and Caroline streets on December 27. In the clearing Higgins, Judge Adam said he was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the policeman was in the pedestrian lane when it.
Testimony was that Higgins had drank a small quantity of beer before the accident, and judge Adams commented on this feature of the case, saying that the trail, as in other cases, led to a Tavern. As his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department we will not let him be forgotten, His service Honored the City of Baltimore, and the Baltimore Police Department may he rest in peace, and may God bless him.

More details

End of Watch 28, December, 1936
City, St. Hoffman and Caroline Streets
Panel Number 11-W: 6
Cause of Death Auto Accident
District Worked Northeastern

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