Detective James Merry Walker

Detective James Merry Walker

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 2008

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James Merry Walker

Detective James Walker was shot and killed when he attempted to take police action while off duty.

Detective Walker had gotten off duty approximately two hours earlier. He was parking his unmarked department vehicle near Northeast 164th Street and 18th Avenue in North Miami Beach when a suspect attempted to enter it. The suspect, who had gone to the area to commit another shooting, had mistaken the car for that of his accomplice's, who was driving an identical make and model.

When the suspect realized it was not his accomplice's car, he and Detective Walker exchange gunfire. Detective Walker was fatally wounded.

The suspect fled the scene and remained at large until being apprehended in front of the Miami Police Department headquarters one week later. The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder on October 8th, 2014 and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was additionally sentenced to serve 50 years for two unrelated armed robberies.

Detective Walker had served with the Miami Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Convicted of murder

off duty

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He was my Uncle-In-Law. I was 7 years old and still remember the funeral today at 19. This has since destroyed my Aunt mentally which has affected my family since, but I’ve learned that there’s nothing we can do but move on. There’s not much I can remember of him, but what I do remember is even though as a cop, he looked like he wouldn’t hurt a fly. I wish he could’ve had to chance to watch me and my brother grow up but unfortunately that was robbed from both him and I. 12 years later I can say I forgive his killer, but understandably I know my Aunt does not. RIP James Walker.

Isaiah Thermilus

February 10, 2020

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