Patrolman Walter Vance

Patrolman Walter Vance

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, August 27, 1927

Walter Vance

Patrolman Walter Vance was shot and killed after he and his partner attempted to question a suspect in a small restaurant.

The two officers, who were in plainclothes, had gone to the restaurant for their meal break. As they were eating, a man entered and acted suspiciously.

Believing that the man was about to rob the business, Patrolman Vance's partner approached him and displayed his badge. The suspect pulled out a knife and began to struggle with the officer. The man was able to break free and was pursued from the store by Patrolman Vance.

As they ran through a group of people standing on the sidewalk, one of the bystanders shot Patrolman Vance.

Patrolman Vance was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later in the evening.

Patrolman Vance had served with the Louisville Police Department for only 25 days. He was survived by his wife, four children, parents, and brother. His brother also served as a Louisville patrolman at the time of his murder.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya6
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 16, 2013

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