Police Officer Walter Franklin Stathers

Police Officer Walter Franklin Stathers

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, December 19, 1967

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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 in a struggle with the suspect, who then fatally shot him.

The suspect escaped and was never identified.

Officer Stathers was a United States Navy veteran and had served with the Coral Gables Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and four siblings.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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Hopefully one day there will be a break in the case so the family can have some closure. I never knew him personally but have spoken and worked with alot of guys who worked with him and they have nothing but great things to say. Rest in Peace !

Bill Grotjahn, Retired Sergeant
Coral Gables Police Department

December 18, 2018

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