Patrolman Morris E. Greenwalt

Patrolman Morris E. Greenwalt

Hazen Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Monday, April 29, 1974

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Morris E. Greenwalt

Patrolman Greenwalt was shot and killed after stopping three female robbery suspects on Interstate 40, wanted in Brinkley, Arkansas, for the armed robbery of a grocery store. One of the suspects shot him after he stopped them in a pick-up truck they had stolen in Nashville, Tennessee. Then another one took Patrolman Greenwalt's service weapon and fired all of its rounds into him as he lay helpless on the ground.

All three suspects, 19, 23, and 24, were arrested later the same day. All three had escaped from the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women two days earlier. The two older suspects blamed the 19-year-old for killing Patrolman Greenwalt. But a chemical test on their hands showed that they both had fired a weapon and the 19-year-old had not. Both were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. The 19-year-old was convicted of accessary to murder and sentenced to 11 years.

Patrolman Greenwalt had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Just found this site to leave a reflection for my Grandpa. I was 5 years old when this happened. I have not and will not forget you until I see you again. Rest in peace knowing after all these years you are not forgotten.

Monty Bohanan
Grandson

March 3, 2018

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