Off-Duty Police Officer Shot & Killed By Police
There's shock, anger and sadness over the death of one of the longest serving officers in the Baltimore City Police Department.

He was shot after disobeying orders while off duty at a bar.


Baltimore Police say when Officer Stamp tried to draw his weapon a fellow officer, who was unaware Stamp was a cop, was forced to shoot him.

The life of Baltimore City Officer Norman Stamp ended outside an eastside bar following a fight. He was celebrating his 44th anniversary on the force.

"There's just no way to quantify this. It defies words really," said Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.

Police say three uniformed officers responded to the fight at the Haven Place Bar in a marked patrol car early Thursday morning.

At some point, Officer John Torres encountered Stamp who was not in uniform and was a patron of the bar.

"He probably tried to help and something went terribly wrong," said Rick Thorn, Stamp's friend.

Police say Stamp had brass knuckles. Torres ordered him to stop, then fired his Taser at Stamp, knocking him down.

Police say Stamp then pulled his service weapon. Officer Torres fired and hit him once.

"There's no indication that Stamp responded verbally to anything that Torres said," said Bealefeld.

Paul Treash was in the bar Wednesday night. He's a friend of Stamp and a member of the Chosen Sons Motorcycle Organization Stamp founded.

"There was a scuffle in the bar. Norman was in the bar. He broke it up," said Treash. "He asked them to stay in the bar. He said 'I'm going to go out and talk to the cops. They're outside.' As soon as he got out the door, got halfway down the steps, they tasered him. He didn't even have a chance to identify himself or anything."

Treash says Stamp always carried his service weapon, but he never saw him with brass knuckles.

"It feels like your whole world falls down around you when you find out your best friend is killed like that," he said.

The commissioner says the officers who responded followed their training.

"Plainclothes members, regardless of rank, when challenged by a uniformed patrol officer must follow the commands of the uniformed patrol officer," said Bealefeld.

The officers who responded are now on routine administrative leave.

Richard Sher reports, for the city police department, Stamp's death is a very difficult thing to accept.

He joined the force in 1964 and was currently assigned to the City Marine Unit.

The flag flew at half staff Thursday at the City Police Marine Unit in Canton in Stamp's memory.

"This is a guy that came on in 1964. Although my hair doesn't indicate it, I was still in grammar school, and you look up to officers like that," said Lt. Col. Mike Andrew.

"The Norman Stamp I know, his department knows, would have never pulled a gun on a police officer, never," said Lt. Paul Blair.

Blair knew Stamp for 40 years.

"Unbelievable way to end his career. When we found out in the middle of the night that it was his anniversary day, the day before he finished 44 years, hell of a way to end your career," said Blair.

At 65-years-old, Officer Norman Stamp was the third longest working police officer in Baltimore City.

Baltimore Police say when Officer Stamp tried to draw his weapon a fellow officer, who was unaware Stamp was a cop, was forced to shoot him.The life of Baltimore City Officer Norman Stamp ended outside an eastside bar following a fight. He was celebrating his 44th anniversary on the force."There's just no way to quantify this. It defies words really," said Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.Police say three uniformed officers responded to the fight at the Haven Place Bar in a marked patrol car early Thursday morning.At some point, Officer John Torres encountered Stamp who was not in uniform and was a patron of the bar."He probably tried to help and something went terribly wrong," said Rick Thorn, Stamp's friend.Police say Stamp had brass knuckles. Torres ordered him to stop, then fired his Taser at Stamp, knocking him down.Police say Stamp then pulled his service weapon. Officer Torres fired and hit him once."There's no indication that Stamp responded verbally to anything that Torres said," said Bealefeld.Paul Treash was in the bar Wednesday night. He's a friend of Stamp and a member of the Chosen Sons Motorcycle Organization Stamp founded."There was a scuffle in the bar. Norman was in the bar. He broke it up," said Treash. "He asked them to stay in the bar. He said 'I'm going to go out and talk to the cops. They're outside.' As soon as he got out the door, got halfway down the steps, they tasered him. He didn't even have a chance to identify himself or anything."Treash says Stamp always carried his service weapon, but he never saw him with brass knuckles."It feels like your whole world falls down around you when you find out your best friend is killed like that," he said.The commissioner says the officers who responded followed their training."Plainclothes members, regardless of rank, when challenged by a uniformed patrol officer must follow the commands of the uniformed patrol officer," said Bealefeld. The officers who responded are now on routine administrative leave. reports, for the city police department, Stamp's death is a very difficult thing to accept. He joined the force in 1964 and was currently assigned to the City Marine Unit.The flag flew at half staff Thursday at the City Police Marine Unit in Canton in Stamp's memory. "This is a guy that came on in 1964. Although my hair doesn't indicate it, I was still in grammar school, and you look up to officers like that," said Lt. Col. Mike Andrew. "The Norman Stamp I know, his department knows, would have never pulled a gun on a police officer, never," said Lt. Paul Blair.Blair knew Stamp for 40 years. "Unbelievable way to end his career. When we found out in the middle of the night that it was his anniversary day, the day before he finished 44 years, hell of a way to end your career," said Blair. At 65-years-old, Officer Norman Stamp was the third longest working police officer in Baltimore City.



So do we bury Officer Stamp as a hero or criminal..............