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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Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 27, 2020

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