Detective Sergeant Walter A. Connell

Detective Sergeant Walter A. Connell

Longview Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, May 27, 1971

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Walter A. Connell

Sergeant Connell suffered a fatal heart attack after being taken hostage by a suspect. He and another detective had gone to a person's house while investigating a series of armed robberies. The person supposedly had information about the suspect. When they knocked on the door, it was answered by the suspect, who was holding a handgun. The suspect took both officers hostage and bound their hands and feet with handcuffs and electrical tape. The suspect then fled the scene.

Sergeant Connell was able to crawl to a phone and call dispatchers to report their situation. He then collapsed on the floor as he suffered a major heart attack brought on by the stress of the situation.

Sergeant Connell had been with the department for 17 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 55
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Det. Sgt. Connell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Longview. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

May 27, 2021

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