Police Officer Walter Franklin Stathers

Police Officer Walter Franklin Stathers

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, December 19, 1967

Walter Franklin Stathers

Police Officer Walter Stathers was shot and killed, possibly with his own weapon, while on patrol in an upscale neighborhood.

He had been assigned to the neighborhood for nine years and knew all of the residents. He had been on the lookout for a prowler throughout his shift and spotted him at 4:00 am. After requesting a canine unit he became engaged with a struggle with the suspect who then fatally shot him.

The suspect escaped and was never identified.

Officer Stathers had served with the Coral Gables Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Never identified

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I’ll never forget I was 15. My home was what he was protecting. My heart has never been the same.

Debbie Kaaber
My home 700 Alhambra Circle. Coral Gables

October 18, 2018

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