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Off Frederick DickensOfficers Wounded In Line Of Duty JULY 1971 Tragedy was averted in mid-July when two Baltimore Police Officers were seriously assaulted in unrelated incidents   Officer Frederick Dickens On Saturday, July 17, 1971Central District Officer Frederick Dickens was working Car No. 141 in the vicinity of Laurens Street and Jordan Alley. About 7 :28 P.M. he was approached by a young child who reported that there was a man in the alley armed with a gun and allegedly threatening two citizens. Officer Dickens entered the alley in his patrol vehicle and immediately observed a man fitting the description given by the child. As the suspect began walking away from the scene, Officer Dickens left his vehicle and ordered him to stop. Without hesitation the suspect turned and fired two shots, both of which struck the Officer's legs. Rushing towards him, the assailant attempted to again shoot the Officer in the head. Despite being wounded a third time, Officer Dickens managed to pull his service revolver and fatally wound his attacker. The twenty-three yOff Charles Smithear old Patrolman was transported to Maryland General Hospital where he was admitted in fair condition. Officer Dickens has been a member of the Department less than two years Officer Charles P. Smith, 31 years old, was on routine patrol in the rear of the 3200 block of Reisterstown Road on Monday, July 19, 1971when he surprised two suspects attempting to break into a building. After spotlighting the subjects and calling for assistance, Officer Smith ordered them against a wall where he began searching them. During the search one of the subjects turned and grabbed the Officer's service revolver. A struggle ensued and the gun discharged wounding Patrolman Smith in the left side. Both suspects immediately. fled the scene. The Officer was transported to Provident Hospital where he was admitted in good condition at about 4:30 A.M. He was satisfactorily released from the hospital on Wednesday, July 21,1971 Officer Smith, a Randallstown resident, is a ten year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department   Courtesy Officer Kenneth Hayden

 

 

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