Special Agent Walter Edward Snyder

Special Agent Walter Edward Snyder

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

End of Watch Sunday, May 9, 1948

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Walter Edward Snyder

Special Agent Walter Snyder and Kriminalwachtmeister (Patrolman) Franz Eichinger of the Munich, Germany Police Department were shot and killed 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.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

escape attempt

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Absolutely horrific. Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 9, 2021

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