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Investigator Michael John Walter | Pearl Police Department, Mississippi Pearl Police Department, Mississippi


Michael John Walter

Pearl Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 3 years

Badge # X-6

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Investigator Mike Walter was shot and killed as he and four other detectives served a search warrant at an apartment complex on Colony Park Drive at approximately 11:15 am.

The warrant was in connection to a case involving the sexual battery of a minor and possession of child pornography. The detectives were clearing the apartment prior to searching it when they located the subject hiding in a bathtub. As the man resisted arrest the officers attempted to use a taser on him. He opened fire on the officers, striking Investigator Walter in the face and wounding two other officers. One of the wounded officers was able to return fire and killed the subject.

All three officers were transported to University of Mississippi Medical Center, where Investigator Walter succumbed to his wound approximately 40 minutes later.

Investigator Walter was a former professional baseball player and had served with the Pearl Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and parents.

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In May of 2011, I passed out in our home with only my 11 year old daughter and 4 year old son at home. My 11 year old, Isabela, called 911. She was very frightened. Officer Walter responded to the call. As the paramedics came he stayed with my daughter, never left her side until family got here. He comforted her and reassured her. I was pretty sick and in the next few months had surgery. Isabela actually had to go through counseling and take medication for a while to get through the experience.
My son-in-law, who is now a Pearl police officer, had just returned home from a tour of duty the morning Office Walter was shot. We were at the home of my son-in-law's parents celebrating when the call came in about the shooting. It took Isabela a day or so to realize it was the officer who had stayed with her in what she will tell you was the hardest day of her life so far.
I will forever be grateful to him for the love and kindness he showed my child. The shooting actually caused a small set-back for her, but in turn she is now more loving and aware of those around her and the fragility of life.
I can only pray Officer Walter's daughter will one day read this. I know she doesn't need any more proof of what a fine man he was and how his memory lives on in the lives of strangers, but I hope she has one more truth of what her father meant to another little girl.

Marie Cupstid
Pearl citizen
March 24, 2015


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