Patrolman Walter P. Langley

Patrolman Walter P. Langley

Mansfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, October 2, 1983

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Walter P. Langley

Patrolman Walter Langley was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating a car parked on the side of Route 140 at 1:15 a.m.

The driver who struck him was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian, and marijuana possession. The 32-year-old driver was released after signing a written promise to appear in court.

It was later determined that the car parked on the side of the road had been driven by a drunk driver. That driver was also arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Patrolman Langley was a United States Army Vietnam War veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He had served with the Mansfield Police Department for 8 years and had previously served with the Kingston Police Department. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with vehicular homicide

suspicious vehicle

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Patrolman Langley,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy


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October 2, 2023

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