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Special Agent Walter Edward Snyder | United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Walter Edward Snyder

United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, May 9, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Overseas

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Special Agent Walter Snyder and Kriminalwachtmeister (Patrolman) Franz Eichinger of the Munich, Germany Police Department were shot and killed after by a 17-year old boy during an attempted prison escape.

Agent Snyder and Kriminalwachtmeister Eichinger were transporting the suspect to the scene of an alleged murder that the 17-year old boy had fabricated to escape from prison. During the ride, the suspect was able to gain control of Kriminalwachtmeister Eichinger's service revolver. The suspect then shot and killed Agent Snyder and Kriminalwachtmeister Eichinger before setting the bodies on fire.

The suspect fled but was later appended in Belgium. He was sentenced to death by a United States Military Court, but that sentence was later reduced to life in prison. After serving several years in prison, the suspect was released upon agreement between United States and German authorities due to his teenage status at the time of the incident.

Special Agent Snyder was survived by his wife.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.

Thank you for your heroism.

God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
May 9, 2015

 

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