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Patrolman Walter M. Rogers | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee


Walter M. Rogers

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 4, 1867

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 10 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years

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Patrolman Walter Rogers was shot and killed when he tried to arrest a suspect that was holding two men at gunpoint.

The man had been drinking all night when an off-duty patrolman approached. When that patrolman found that the suspect was armed, he confiscated the suspect's weapon and told the suspect to go home. The suspect became enraged and attacked the Patrolman, taking his gun back and disarming the officer. He then held two men at gunpoint. When Patrolman Rogers arrived on the scene he was shot and killed by the suspect.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.

Patrolman Rogers had been with the agency for 10 months and served for four years with the Union Army.

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Patrolman Rogers,
On today, the 148th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as an LEO but for our Country as well when you served in the Union Army during the Civil War. It angers me that your murderer was only sentenced to five years in prison.


United States Border Patrol
June 4, 2015


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