Officer Baldwin served with the Louisville Division of Police for twenty-seven years until his death.
He was escorting a detained suspected burglar, Adam Wallace, back to the scene of the crime for identification purposes. When at the vicinity of 18th Street and Eddy Alley, the suspect grabbed Officer Baldwin's gun and fatally shot him. Officer Michael Sullivan and Officer John Keefe were waiting on Baldwin at the scene of the burglary at 18th and Walnut Streets. Hearing the gunfire, the two (2) officers ran toward Eddy Alley. They confronted the fleeing gunman, who immediately began firing the gun at Officer Sullivan. Officer Sullivan returned fire, hitting the man fatally in the head.
Officer Baldwin's funeral was held at St. Louis Bertrand church. A detail of police acted as pallbearers and escort.
He is survived by his wife and the following children: Nellie, Catherine, John, Mary, and Regina Baldwin, and a sister, Mrs. Thomas McLaughlin.
The pallbearers were Officers Michael J. Sullivan, John P. Keefe, John Carroll, Austin Nally, Patrick O'Hearn, Robert Riley, H. C. Miller, and John Malloney. The escort was composed of Cornelius Savage, James Twohig, Edward McGrath, Thomas Fitzgibbons, Patrick Tally, and Lieutenant Schupp.