Police Officer Berisford Wayne Anderson

Police Officer Berisford Wayne Anderson

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, February 5, 1994

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Berisford Wayne Anderson

Police Officer Berisford Anderson was shot and killed while off-duty by a person he stopped for driving the wrong way down a one-way street outside of 107 Spencer Street.

Officer Anderson had just gotten off duty and had changed into civilian clothes and taken his ballistic vest off. He confronted a man, who, unknown to Anderson, was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Framingham, Massachusetts. The male had been speeding the wrong way down a one-way street.

When Officer Anderson identified himself as a police officer, the male pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Anderson point-blank in the chest.

A Boston Police Department officer returning to Boston from a funeral for Chief of Police Robert J. Mortell apprehended the killer a short time later.

The 18-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Anderson had served with the Boston Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 2808

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, traffic stop

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Officer Anderson,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Boston. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I’m originally from Massachusetts and remember seeing this on the television news. The POS that shot you had a felony warrant out Framingham and if I remember correctly had been released by mistake. When you confronted him he shot you and when the other BPD Officer caught him going over a wall he tried shooting that officer too but his gun was empty and he told the arresting officer that if he had an extra bullet he would’ve shot him too.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 5, 2019

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