SYKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore police officer who was allegedly shot to death by fellow officers is being honored by state officials.

The wreath-laying ceremony Friday in Sykesville memorializes Officer William Torbit Jr. and three other Maryland police officers killed in the past year.

Public Safety Secretary Gary Maynard and State Police Superintendent Terrence Sheridan are leading the tribute.

The Baltimore Police Department says Torbit was on duty Jan. 9 in plainclothes when he tried to break up a fight at a nightclub.

Investigators say he drew his weapon to defend himself and other officers killed him.

The tribute also honors Maryland State Police Trooper Wesley Brown, who was fatally shot outside a Prince George’s County restaurant, and Baltimore police officers James Fowler and Thomas Portz, who died in car crashes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Larry Bannerman says:

    God Bless every one and the families they leave behind. They work a thankless, dangerous, low pay for the risk job. Then they have to put up with the ignorance and anger of many citizens for doing their jobs–anything from writing tickets, to domestic violence, to gang violence. I praise every one of them. Next to soldiers they have the hardest jobs in America.

  2. Robin says:

    Is there not a video segment to this story? Why has it been taken down from the website and archives? Please put it back up so I and others may view it and pay our respects to those brave men.

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