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. 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.

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 Vietnam War veteran and was the 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

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The memorial is beautiful...much more than I imagined.

It is very difficult to think of Walter as a grandfather! We all lost so much when he was killed. His death fractured the family. Patrick, I am happy that you were there for your brothers; your Dad would be proud of you. I don't want to make this forum a place where all we share is bitterness and anger. Let's share some of the good memories we have; he loved us all!

A good memory I have is of the 4th of July. All the police were confiscating fire works and your Dad saved some for the holiday. I think we had a cook-out that day. And then he set off the fireworks and they started a small fire across the street at the Red Cross! I hope you have a good memory you could share.

Dawn Langley

July 4, 2014

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