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.


  • 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.


United States Border Patrol

May 27, 2021

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