Detective Robert W. Wallis

Detective Robert W. Wallis

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, February 9, 1988

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Robert W. Wallis

Detective Robert Wallis was killed when he was struck by a man fleeing other officers.

Detective Wallis and his partner were in an unmarked cruiser monitoring the chase of a suspect who had just committed an armed robbery. The suspect was driving northbound on Tennyson Street directly towards their unmarked cruiser at West 48th Avenue and Tennyson Street. The two detectives attempted to escape their vehicle, but Detective Wallis was struck by the suspect as he attempted to run across the street. The suspect was later shot and killed by other officers.

Detective Wallis had been with the Denver Police Department for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, sister, and a 5-day-old granddaughter.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 67-20

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery, vehicle pursuit

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I just learned of you for the very first time today while watching a rerun of the tv show, “Rescue 9-1-1.” Before today, I had never heard about this tragic event. Police officers risk their lives everyday and I have the utmost respect and admiration for every single one of them. It is very evident that you had a profound impact on those around you as spoken by them on the show. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice and for selflessly laying down your own life for your fellow human beings.

EMT Gavin Solimando
Saint Clare’s EMS Passaic, NJ

September 9, 2022

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