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New Hero Search Walter A. Schroeder - Sep. 24, 1970 (19973)

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Resided: MA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Sep. 24, 1970
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 42 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Boston Police Dept. - MA
1 Schroeder Plaza  
Boston, MA   02120   USA
(617)343-4633
County: Suffolk
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 19 years
Bio: Patrolman Schroeder's brother, Detective John Schroeder, was shot and killed while working for the same agency on November 30, 1973.

Survived by:
Wife
and nine children.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: Bank   Boston, MA   USA   Thu. Sep. 24, 1970
Summary: Patrolman Walter Schroeder was shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm at a bank at 9:20 am.

The bank was being robbed by five members of a gang of anti-Vietnam War activists. As he exited his cruiser and walked towards the bank, a gang member who was across the street opened fire on him with a rifle, striking him in the back several times. Patrolman Schroeder was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Patrolman Schroeder's killer was the focus of the largest manhunt in New England's history. After stealing two cars and eluding police during two high speed chases involving gunfire, he was captured.

The fifth gang member, a woman, evaded capture, changed her name, and lived in Oregon for 23 years. Suffering from depression, she surrendered to police in 1993. She was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 to 12 years in prison. She was released in 1999.

Disposition: The killer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison September 10, 2011. Three of the other gang members were all sentenced to prison but most are now freed.

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