Sheriff's Deputy Stewart Baird, having completed
an evening tour of duty at the Medical Detention Facility, proceeded
to the place of business where his wife worked to assist her in
closing the business and driving her home. As he waited, a man entered
the business armed with a sawed off rifle. The subject announced
his intent to rob the establishment, ordered the cash register emptied
at gunpoint, and demanded that Officer Baird and the other remaining
patrons stay seated with their heads down.
Officer Baird confronted the suspect as he attempted
to leave the business. During the physical altercation that ensued,
Officer Baird drew his revolver and fired two shots as the robber
accosted him. Although one of the bullets rendered a subsequent
mortal wound to the suspect, it failed to immediately incapacitate
him. The suspect attacked Officer Baird viciously, hitting him several
times in the head and causing him to fall and strike his head. Officer
Baird died within minutes of receiving his injuries.
The robber then fled and on the sidewalk outside
he collapsed and subsequently died of his wounds. The suspect was
identified as a parolee with a long and violent criminal history
including a previous arrest for murder.
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