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Police Officer Walter Patrick Matthys | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Walter Patrick Matthys

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Friday, September 11, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed

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Officer Matthys was shot and killed with his own service revolver after responding to a disturbance at the intersection of Edythe Street and Central Avenue. As he attempted to speak with one of the subjects the man assaulted him and gained control of his service weapon. The man shot him once and then continued to shoot him after he had fallen to the ground.

The suspect, a former mental patient, had served two prison terms for attacking police officers. He was charged with Officer Matthys' murder and later committed in a mental hospital.

Officer Matthys was a U.S. Army veteran. He had been with the Baltimore Police Department for only three months and was assigned to the Eastern District.

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Hi Walter, I was just talking and thinking about you tonight My Friend. I miss you and having those little talks we used to have together. I never hear from any of our friends anymore I guess most of them are gone. I have joined a group of Baltimore City Police Retired on the computer/facebook. They have some interesting stories to tell about their service to the city. But yours My Friend still haunts me to this day. I'll talk with you later Walter. I will visit with you soon My Brother. May God Bless You Walter.

Retired Sergeant John M. Reuling Sr.
Baltimore City Police Department
March 16, 2016


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