Police Officer Walter H. Stewart

Police Officer Walter H. Stewart

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, February 19, 1952

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Walter H. Stewart

Officer Walter Stewart was killed when he was thrown from his police motorcycle at Washington Street and 20th Street. He lost control of his motorcycle when he swerved to avoid the driver of a pickup truck who pulled out in front of him.

The 29-year-old driver fled the scene, but was soon apprehended and charged with negligent homicide, reckless driving, drunk driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and sentenced to 10 days in jail.

Shortly after this accident the Phoenix Police Department required all motorcycle officers to wear helmets while on duty.

Officer Stewart is survived by his wife, son, and eleven siblings. He was a World War II veteran.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 days

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Walter was my favorite Brother. Today out of eleven siblings there are only 2 remaining Myself; Marlene "Stewart" Wells and Gordon Stewart. Walter was #6 of 11 children, I am #10, and Gordon was #11 of 11. We were all born at home in Chandler AZ then moved to Phx about 1935. Our Mother Pearl "Brewster" stewart was also born in the Territory of Arizona in 1894. Mother nursed Walter through Smallpox, and Spinal Meningitis at our home (not at the same time) he then survived WWII as an Aerial Photographer. He had just been hired by the FBI and was getting ready to leave for Quantico when he was killed. He left a beautiful and wonderful wife and 2 year old son and a huge family that adored him. The drunk who killed him was given bond, walked out of the jail and left, he never stepped foot in court and got away with being drunk and leaving my Brother in the street to die. He got away with murder.

Marlene "Stewart" Wells

March 14, 2016

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