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Police Officer William P. Walton | Birmingham Police Department, Alabama Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer

William P. Walton

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 18, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1903

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Officer Walton was shot and killed while investigating reports of an assault in a home on Morris Avenue, between Eighth Street and Ninth Street. A man who had been in the home located Officer Walton at his post on First Avenue and told him he had been assaulted. Officer Walton went to the home, knocked on the door, and announced himself.

The suspect opened the door and immediately fired two shots, striking Officer Walton in the chest twice. The man was arrested by responding officers and charged with Officer Walton's murder. He was sentenced to death an executed by hanging on March 12, 1903.

Officer Walton had served with the Birmingham Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

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