Officer Lorenzo Gray was shot and killed by a shotgun blast as he and his partner entered a hotel on the Pulaski Highway to investigate a report of a holdup. Officer Gray managed to return fire wounding the suspect's accomplice. Both men were apprehended as they ran from the hotel by a team of federal agents on an unrelated stake-out.
The gunman was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was paroled in 1986. On May 4, 1993, he and three other paroled killers were arrested in Baltimore for operating a million dollar a month drug operation.
Officer Gray is survived by his wife and daughter. His daughter later went on to serve with the Baltimore Police Department. Officer Gray also served in the United States Marine Corps.