Patrolman Walter Commins

Patrolman Walter Commins

Wyoming Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, September 16, 1930

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Walter Commins

Patrolman Walter Commins was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the house at 123 Elm Avenue in Wyoming, Ohio.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m., Patrolman Commins was patrolling the area on Elm Avenue when he noticed a suspicious vehicle in front of a residence and a man lurking near the door. When he approached the car, the subject honked the horn and the other man ran to the car and pointed his pistol at Patrolman Commins. Patrolman Commins attempted to gain control of the gun, but the man fired, striking him in the groin and chest. Patrolman Commins returned fire at the fleeing vehicle. He was transported to General Hospital where was pronounced dead.

The subjects were never apprehended.

Patrolman Commins had served with the Wyoming Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

foot patrol, suspicious person, suspicious vehicle

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Walter Commins of the Wyoming Police Department, Ohio and the additional 83 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 16, 2023

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