Deputy Sheriff Walter Henry Akers

Deputy Sheriff Walter Henry Akers

Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, February 4, 1948

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Walter Henry Akers

Deputy Sheriff Walter Akers was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man at the Parker train depot.

The man had not been allowed to board the train because he was drunk. The man left the depot, returned with a shotgun, and threatened the conductor, who then called the police. Deputy Akers and the Parker marshal responded to the scene.

The subject shot and killed Deputy Akers as he attempted to talk the man into putting the shotgun down. The man was convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life imprisonment, and died in prison.

Deputy Akers was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 3 years, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Deputy Sheriff Akers,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Yuma County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 4, 2023

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