Police Officer Walter Patrick Matthys

Police Officer Walter Patrick Matthys

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, September 11, 1964

Add to My Heroes

Walter Patrick Matthys

Police Officer Walter Matthys was shot and killed with his own service revolver after responding to a disturbance at the intersection of Edythe Street and Central Avenue.

As he attempted to speak with one of the subjects the man assaulted him and gained control of his service weapon. The man shot him once and then continued to shoot him after he had fallen to the ground.

The suspect, a former mental patient, had served two prison terms for attacking police officers. He was charged with Officer Matthys' murder and later committed in a mental hospital.

Officer Matthys was a U.S. Army veteran. He had been with the Baltimore Police Department for only three months and was assigned to the Eastern District.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed

disturbance, EDP

Most Recent Reflection

View all 16 Reflections

Hi Walter, I was just talking and thinking about you tonight My Friend. I miss you and having those little talks we used to have together. I never hear from any of our friends anymore I guess most of them are gone. I have joined a group of Baltimore City Police Retired on the computer/facebook. They have some interesting stories to tell about their service to the city. But yours My Friend still haunts me to this day. I'll talk with you later Walter. I will visit with you soon My Brother. May God Bless You Walter.

Retired Sergeant John M. Reuling Sr.
Baltimore City Police Department

March 16, 2016

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.