P/O Edward J. Kowalewski

Fallen HeroOfficer Edward Kowalewski


On this day in Baltimore Police History 1962, we lost our brother, Police Officer Edward J. Kowalewski, to Gunfire based on the following:

While attempting to assist a cab driver who was being robbed, Patrolman Kowalewski was shot and killed, He became the third Baltimore City Police Officer to be killed in 1962 -

The Following Sun Paper Article best describes the events of July 2, 1962

Suspect to be Charged
In Slaying of Policeman

July 3, 1962
Police said last night (2 July 1962) they will charge a suspect today in connection with the slaying of a city policeman who was shot when he attempted to help a wounded cab driver at North Avenue and Charles street yesterday. The dead officer is the third policeman killed in the line of duty this year. He was Patrolman Edward J. Kowalewski, a 35-year-old father of four children and an eight-year veteran of the department.

After receiving treatment for a bullet wound of the lower back at Maryland General Hospital. Mr. Rich had driven the suspect to Baltimore from Washington before the shooting. Washington police had issued a look out for a fugitive in an armed robbery that closely resembled the main custody, police said. The suspect, fleeing in another cab and pursued by a third cab, was captured by Patrolman Stanley Zawadski, a boyhood friend of slain officer at Orleans and Gay streets. Police said he was reloading his gun when taken into custody. Witnesses, including a hold-up victim and the victim of an attempted hold-up each from Washington, viewed the suspect in lineups at Police Headquarters yesterday afternoon. Police identified the man as Ray Allen Nixt, 40, a waiter with no home address. Officers said he was paroled recently from Folsom Prison in California after serving ten years of a life sentence for armed robbery.
Cab drivers credited with aiding in the capture were Zonnie Wisc., 34, who chased the fugitive and picked up Patrolman Zawadski on the way; Charles L Wise, who was forced at gunpoint to drive him away from the shooting scene and later disarmed him, and Charles II. Miller, 33, who saw the Hashing light alarm on the commandeered vehicle and forced it to the curb.

Patrolman Kowalewski whose home was at 1231 Church Street, Curtis Bay, will be given an inspector’s funeral Friday
Services will be held at 9:15 AM at the William S. Fialkowski Funeral establishment. 4200 Pennington Avenue, followed by a requiem mass at 10 a.m. at St. Athanasius Church, at Prudence and Church streets. Two other officers killed this year were Patrolman Henry Smith, Jr., killed April 7 while trying to break up a dice game in the 700 block of West Lexington Street, and Mid Patrolman Richard Seebo killed May 26 by a motorist he stopped in the 300 block of East Twentieth Street.

We, his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department, will not let him be forgotten. God bless you and rest in peace.

More details

End of Watch 2 July, 1962
City, St. North Avenue and Charles street
Panel Number 15-W: 15
Cause of Death Gunfire
Weapon - Handgun
District Worked Central

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