Patrolman Walter M. Rogers

Patrolman Walter M. Rogers

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, June 4, 1867

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Walter M. Rogers

Patrolman Walter Rogers was shot and killed when he tried to arrest a suspect that was holding two men at gunpoint near the intersection of Market Street and Main Street.

The man had been drinking all night when an off-duty patrolman approached. When that patrolman found that the suspect was armed, he confiscated the suspect's weapon and told the suspect to go home. The suspect became enraged and attacked the Patrolman, taking his gun back and disarming the officer. He then held two men at gunpoint. When Patrolman Rogers arrived on the scene he was shot and killed by the suspect.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.

Patrolman Rogers was a U.S Army veteran of the Civil war and had served with the Memphis Police Department for only one month.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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Rest in peace Patrolman Rogers.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 4, 2022

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