OFFICER J.M. BASKIN

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 28, 1936

Officer Baskin was investigating a disturbance at the home of I.W. Friedsam at 3130 Colcord where Friedsam was refusing to pay $1 taxi fare. Friedsam shot him with a shotgun from the front door. As Officer Baskin fell wounded, he emptied his service pistol at Friedsam. Friedsam fired again.

Officer John Murphy was in the driveway and returned fire with a pistol and a shotgun while the taxi driver picked up Officer Baskin and carried him to his car. Officer Baskin, 47, died from the wounds ten days later.

Officer Murphy had bullets lodged in his heavy leather belt, evidence that was his only protection from serious injury. Officers surrounded the house and Friedsam was taken into custody.
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