Cincy native, Secret Service officer shot in DC

Posted at 1:04 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 01:05:09-05

WASHINGTON -- A uniformed U.S. Secret Service officer who was suspended after being charged in a domestic incident earlier this year was fatally shot in Washington, authorities said.

Officer Arthur Baldwin, 30, grew up in Cincinnati. He died Tuesday after being shot several times, according to the Secret Service and District of Columbia police.

According to police, he was shot shortly before 3 p.m. in a residential neighborhood of southwest Washington, near the Maryland border. Police were looking for three people in connection with the shooting, but have released no information about them.

Baldwin may have been the victim of a robbery or a robbery attempt, Cmdr. Robert Alder of the police department's homicide branch told reporters late Wednesday.

Police said officers found Baldwin suffering from multiple gunshot wounds after they were flagged down by passers-by. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. He was not armed at the time of the shooting, police said.

Baldwin, a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, worked in the Secret Service's Foreign Missions Branch. He was put on leave and had his security clearance suspended in April following his arrest on a felony charge of first-degree attempted burglary and destruction of property. According to a police report, Baldwin was armed with his service weapon when he tried to break into his girlfriend's house.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said he could not comment on whether Baldwin was still under suspension at the time of his death.

"We express our condolences to the family of our fallen employee," the Secret Service said in a statement.

Baldwin was scheduled for trial in February, and his most recent court appearance was Tuesday morning, a few hours before he was shot, according to court records. His attorney did not immediately return a message Wednesday.