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Police Officer Walter Thomas Barclay, Jr. | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Walter Thomas Barclay, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: 1 year, 7 months

Badge # 1410

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/27/1966

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Acquitted of murder

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Police Officer Walter Barclay succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound that he received 40 years earlier when he was shot and wounded by a burglary suspect.

Officer Barclay and another officer responded to a burglary call at a hair salon on the 6000 block of North 5th Street. When he arrived, Officer Barclay and another officer confronted a man in the rear of the location, who shot Officer Barclay twice before fleeing. The suspect also engaged additional responding officers in a gun battle, but was able to escape. Due to his wounds, Officer Barclay was left paralyzed from the waist down and forced to retire from the department.

Officer Barclay suffered numerous complications over the span of 40 years as a result of the wounds, which caused his death. His death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

The suspect was arrested in 1966 and charged with aggravated assault. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He has since been released. He was later rearrested by the Philadelphia Police Department after the death of Officer Barclay and charged with murder. On May 24, 2010, the man who shot Officer Barclay was acquitted of murder.

Police Officer Barclay was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 1 1/2 years at the time of the shooting. He is survived by his brother and sister.

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Rest well my brother. You will be alive again in the kingdom of Heaven. Watch over your family for always.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)
August 19, 2017


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