Off-Duty Police Officer Killed In 'Incredibly Petty' Row Over Parking Space

An off-duty policeman died after being hit in the head with a piece of concrete during a row over a parking space.

Brian Stevenson, 37, clashed with another motorist who wanted to park in the same spot outside a Baltimore, Maryland, restaurant.

He was then allegedly confronted by the driver and his passengers and ‘one of the individuals pulled a piece of concrete from the ground and struck him in the head,’ said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The father-of-three, an 18-year police veteran, was out celebrating his birthday when the argument started at about 10pm on Saturday night. 'To lose his life in this manner is senseless,’ said Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld, who said the argument was ‘incredibly petty.’

He described Mr Stevenson as a ‘fantastic’ detective. ‘We are confident the culprit in this case will be charged before the day is done. It is an incredible tragedy to his family, to all of us and the entire city,’ he added.

It was unclear whether the attacker knew the victim was a police officer.

Mr Stevenson slumped to the ground after being struck in the temple and never regained consciousness.

Homicide investigator Detective Thomas Jackson, who used to work with the victim, said his friend’s death was one of the most senseless he had ever heard of."