Lieutenant Walter A. Staley

Lieutenant Walter A. Staley

Temple Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 26, 1962

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Walter A. Staley

Lieutenant Walter Staley was shot and killed as he pulled into the parking lot of a local service station. The service station was being robbed by a man who had just robbed three other service stations and had taken a total of four hostages from the other robberies. After shooting Lieutenant Staley the man pulled his body from the patrol car and forced one of the hostages to drive them away from the scene. The man was eventually arrested and charged with murder and armed robbery.

Lieutenant Staley had been with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Rest in Peace Lt. Walter A. Staley. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Temple, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray
that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of your murderer.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 26, 2016

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