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Police Officer Michael Christopher Waters | West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas

Police Officer

Michael Christopher Waters

West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, September 11, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 238

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Arrested

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Officer Michael Waters was killed in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit following an armed robbery of a grocery store at 2100 hours.

Officers spotted the suspected vehicle on I-55 and began chasing it. During the pursuit, Officer Waters' patrol car struck a concrete barrier in a construction zone and flipped over. Officer Waters was ejected from the patrol car and then struck by a second patrol car. Officer Waters was transported to Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee where he was pronounced dead. Another officer riding with Officer Waters was injured in the accident.

The three suspects that the officers were pursuing were arrested in Memphis early the next morning and held in connection with the original robbery and the death of Officer Waters.

Officer Waters had been employed with the West Memphis Police Department for 2 years, and is survived by his wife and parents.

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Officer Waters sacrificed his life in pursuit of his duties. He left behind a legacy, not the least of which is witnessed by the comments left here by his wife and family. It is obvious he is greatly missed. Thank you Michael Waters for standing tall in the Thin Blue Line.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona
September 11, 2017


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