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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Patrolman Rogers,
On today, the 148th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as an LEO but for our Country as well when you served in the Union Army during the Civil War. It angers me that your murderer was only sentenced to five years in prison.


United States Border Patrol

June 4, 2015

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