Police Officer Robert E. Walsh

Police Officer Robert E. Walsh

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1981

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Robert E. Walsh

Officer Walsh was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a robbery in progress while off-duty. Officer Walsh had just gotten off-duty and stopped at a bar near his home in Queens when three armed, masked men entered the bar and announced a robbery. One suspect, who was holding two guns, pointed one gun at Officer Walsh and the other gun at a friend Officer Walsh had been talking to.

Officer Walsh's friend made a movement that distracted the gunman and allowed Officer Walsh to draw his weapon. Officer Walsh identified himself as a Police Officer, but before he could take any further action, he was shot in the shoulder by the suspect.

The suspect then yelled to his accomplices, and the suspects began to flee the bar. As he was leaving, the gunman who wounded Officer Walsh walked up to the injured officer and shot him in the head, killing him.

The suspect then fled from the bar, with Officer Walsh's friend in pursuit. The suspects fled into a getaway car, driven by a fourth suspect. As they fled, Officer Walsh's friend fired several shots at the suspects but could not stop them.

All four suspects were later apprehended and ranged in age from 15 to 23. The suspect that fired the shots that killed Officer Walsh was 16-years-old. The 15-year-old suspect pleaded guilty as a juvenile offender in Family Court and was sentenced to 10 years, and the other three suspects were all convicted of murder and attempted robbery and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Officer Walsh had served with the New York City Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the 7the Precinct in Manhattan. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 29687

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Three convicted of murder

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Rest in peace Officer Walsh.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 12, 2022

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