Detective - Sam Booth End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 1931
Tour of Duty:
Cause of Death:
Date of Incident:
Saturday, March 21, 1931
Gun, Unknown type
Sentenced to live
Detective Booth was shot and killed while transporting two men to jail. Detective Booth
and another detective had stopped a car at Towson Avenue and South E Street. The car contained two men that were known
to the detectives. The other detective left the scene to pickup their captain and Detective Booth began to ride to the
jail in the suspects' vehicle. Unbeknownst to the detectives, the men had just stolen the vehicle.
Immediately after turning onto Rogers Avenue a shootout ensued inside of the vehicle and Detective Booth was shot once.
Detective Booth exited the passenger side of the car on Rogers Avenue and ran around to the driver's side. The men also
exited the passenger side and one of them fired across the hood of the car, striking Detective Booth three more times.
Although mortally wounded, Detective Booth attempted to follow the men but collapsed in a nearby car dealership. He was
transported to St. Edward Hospital where he died 30 minutes later.
The suspects were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.
Detective Booth had been with the agency for 20 years.