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Patrol Officer Richard Warren Walton | Oakdale Police Department, Minnesota Oakdale Police Department, Minnesota

Patrol Officer

Richard Warren Walton

Oakdale Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Monday, October 25, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/24/1982

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 2011

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Officer Walton succumbed to gunshot wounds received the previous day when he attempted to stop a robbery at a hospital pharmacy. He was moonlighting as a security guard at the Mounds Park Hospital when the pharmacist called him and told him there were three men in ski masks nearby. As Officer Walton proceeded to the scene the men held the pharmacist at gunpoint and demanded Class A narcotics. As the pharmacist led the men to the drugs the elevator doors sounded and as Officer Walton stepped out of the opening doors one of the men opened fire, striking him twice in the head. Officer Walton was taken to a second hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.


One suspect was apprehended a short time later and the other two were arrested two years later. All were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The gunman was paroled October 27, 2011, but still must serve roughly four years for a drug smuggling sentence while imprisoned.


Officer Walton had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and five children.

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To my most respected Uncle.

You are never forgotten. The lessons in life you taught us and how all of us looked up to you. We still look to you and you answer us. You were always our Hero!

You are missed!

Derrick Walton
Nephew
October 20, 2015

 

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