Police Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh

Police Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh

Springfield Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, March 16, 2020

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Christopher Ryan Walsh

Police Officer Chris Walsh was shot and killed as he and another officer confronted an active shooter at a convenience store at 2885 E Chestnut Expressway.

Dispatchers had received numerous calls about shootings at various locations throughout the city between 11:24 pm and 11:43 pm, including one reporting a vehicle crash and shooting at the convenience store. Officer Walsh and another officer arrived at the scene and immediately engaged the shooter.

Both officers were shot in the ensuing exchange of gunfire. Additional officers who arrived at the scene extricated both officers and transported them to the hospital where Officer Walsh passed away.

The subject committed suicide before being taken into custody. Prior to exchanging shots with the officers, the man shot four citizens inside of the store, killing three of them.

Officer Walsh was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Springfield Police Department for 3-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1827
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

active shooter

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I will never forget that night as I arrived to work and heard the sirens all over the city. Turning on the scanner, hearing "officers down." That sick feeling in my gut mixed with the adrenaline of preparing for the worst should it also come my way as I stood to protect those I was charged with protecting. But because of the heroic and decisive actions of Officer Walsh and his partner, I was safe. My students were safe. The fourth person in that convenience store survived. The coward who did this abandoned his will to fight. Officer Walsh made a profound difference in the world that will never be forgotten by those of us who were there.

Rest in peace warrior.

Former Sergeant Clayton S.T. Collier
Evangel University Department of Public Safety

March 20, 2024

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