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 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 after hitting another vehicle and driving away in a stolen vehicle.

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

hit-and-run, off duty, stolen vehicle, traffic stop, wrong-way driver

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Officer Anderson,
On today, the 30th 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.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 5, 2024

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