P/O Aubrey L. Lowman

Fallen HeroPatrolman Aubrey L. Lowman


On this day in Baltimore City Police History, April 19, 1954, we lost our brother patrolman, Aubrey L. Lowman, to gunfire based on the following:

Policeman Killed On Duty Honored

The Sun (1837–1987);  5 July 1954; p. . 12

A bronze plaque honoring Patrolman Aubrey L. Lowman, who was killed on duty last April 19, has been placed on the wall of Northwestern Police Station alongside seven other such plaques.

It reads: "In recognition of his faithful service as a member of the Police Department of the City of Baltimore, this tablet is erected to the memory of Patrolman Aubrey L. Lowman, born May 28, 1919, appointed November 9, 1942, shot and killed in the execution of his public duty on April 19, 1954. His service honored the department."

At Division and Mosher streets, a man sitting in a stolen car shot Patrolman Lowman four times, killing him. Two days later, as the result of a city-wide search, the murderer, Melvin Oliver, killed himself when cornered.

Reward Offered

On the day after Lowman's death, the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Association, headed by Lieutenant . Walter H. Holtmeister, offered a reward of $500 to any person giving information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

While technically Oliver was not captured, the reward was still distributed. One hundred fifty dollars apiece went to the two Northeastern patrolmen who spotted and cornered the killer, Howard Bayne and Gordon Holle. The remainder was portioned in $50 and $25 amounts to five other people who had furnished information or help.  One of the five declined to take his money, and it has been used to buy a pistol trophy to be awarded annually to a member of the association.

Col. Beverly Ober, the police commissioner, presented Mrs. Dolores Lowman with a plaque containing her husband's badge last month.

The Police Department honored Patrolman Lowman with an inspector's funeral, the highest they could conduct.

We, his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department, will not let him be forgotten. RIP Patrolman Aubrey L. Lowman, may God bless you for your service that "honored" the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department."




More details

End of Watch 19 April 19, 1954
City, St. Division and Mosher streets.
Panel Number 1
Cause of Death Gunfire
Weapon - Handgun
District Worked Northwestern

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