Jun. 12, 1971 Baltimore Baltimore City Maryland, USA
BALTIMORE CITY POLICE OFFICER SHOT & KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
Off. Peterson was using a call box at the corner of W. Lexington St. & Greene Street. A suspect observed Off. Peterson and decided to ambush him. He approached Off. Peterson and assaulted him knocking him to the ground. While the officer was dazed, the suspect took the officer's weapon from his holster and fired one shot into his head. Off. Peterson was taken to the University of Maryland Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The suspect was apprehended after he took a 2 year old girl hostage. Officer Peterson had 20 yrs. & 5 mths of service with the Department. He is survived by a wife and stepdaughter.
His wife died of a massive heart attack on July 26th as she was picking out a grave marker for her slain husband.
HE IS HONORED ON THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL WALL, PANEL 14W LINE 005