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Patrolman Walter Demitrie Ilyankoff | Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

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Walter Demitrie Ilyankoff

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, July 21, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman Walter Ilyankoff was shot and killed after responding to a robbery alarm at a local restaurant on a Sunday morning on North Federal Highway. Suspecting a false alarm he knocked on the rear door expecting the kitchen staff to answer. Instead one of the suspects opened the door and shot him. He was able to call for assistance on his radio before succumbing to his wounds.

Prior to Patrolman Ilyankoff's arrival, one of the suspects had raped one of the waitresses during the robbery. The woman was able to identify the suspect and testified against him at the trial. Her testimony contributed to his conviction and death sentence. The suspect died in prison while awaiting execution. The other three suspects were convicted are and still serving prison sentences.

Patrolman Ilyankoff had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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My wife and I were classmates of Dimitree at St. Luke High in Carnegie Pa. and graduated in 1953. We heard of his death but were unaware of the circumstances. What happened was evil and horrifying. We offer our deepest sympathy to his family and want them to know they are in our thoughts and prayers as is Dimitree.

Detective Anthony Loniero
Los Angeles Police Dept.
September 27, 2013

 

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