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 Walter 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. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

hostage, investigation

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Hello Great Grandpa,

Grandma (your daughter) would tell me stories of you being a police officer. Every year I participate in a annual bike ride “Law Enforcement United” to honor you. Once the ride is completed I always visit your name on the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Unfortunately, this year and the day I visit you (May 13, 2022), I receive word Grandma is now joining you in heaven. I will always carry you both in my heart and will continue my tradition.

Love you both.

Charles Dooley
PWCPD (Survivor)

May 14, 2022

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