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James Synder, police officer who assisted in 2002 Beltway sniper case

James Synder, police officer who assisted in 2002 Beltway sniper case

James Beehan Snyder, a Baltimore police officer who helped identify the 2002 Beltway serial sniper as he slept in the Remington neighborhood, died of cancer Oct. 27 at his Belair Edison home. He was 64.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Loch Raven Village, he was the son of Walter Snyder, an AT&T worker, and his wife, Ella. He was a 1969 graduate of Parkville High School and earned a bachelor's degree at Towson University.

Mr. Synder worked briefly for AT&T before joining the Police Department in 1975. He retired in 2007.

He worked for many years on canine patrols and was later assigned to the Northern District.

In 2003 he was honored for his role in the...

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