Incident Summary:

4/24/1970: Three members of the Black Panthers Party opened fire on a police vehicle parked in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Patrolman Donald Sager was killed and police officer Stanley Sierakowski was critically wounded but survived. The perpetrators were under orders from the Black Panthers to kill police.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
West Baltimore

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Baltimore Police Department
Specific Description Baltimore Police Officers
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
.45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and .38 caliber pistol
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The killings were part of a Black Panthers initiation ritual. All three perpetrators were convicted and received life sentences.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Panthers No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
George J. Hiltner, "City Panther is Convicted of Murder," Washington Post, January 16, 1970.
Laurie Willis, "Judge Affirms 1972 Life Term," Baltimore Sun, December 5, 1972.
George J. Hiltner, "Panther Gets Life, 15 Years in Police Killings," Washington Post, June 17, 1972.