Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Message From The Pearl Police Department

Investigator Michael J. Walter
Today the Pearl Police Department lost an officer in the line of duty. This is a sad first for our town that was incorporated in 1973. Our beloved friend and comrade, Investigator Michael J. Walter, known to us simply as Mike, was thirty seven years old. He is survived by his loving wife Jeanne and the absolute light of his life, his daughter Bailey age eleven.

Mike also leaves behind his parents John and Judy Walter in their native San Diego, California. Besides his family, Mike had three passions: the San Diego Chargers, professional baseball and law enforcement. Mike played professional baseball for the Houston Astros from 1993 – 2000.

Mike was hired by the Pearl Police Department in February of 09 as a patrol officer. His knowledge, intellect and inquiring mind enabled him to move to the position of investigator in rapid time, assuming that position in October of 2010.

 Also injured in the same incident today was Investigator Dave McCarley. McCarley was shot in the hand and leg. His wounds are serious with surgery and extensive rehab most likely to be needed. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigator Shaun Terwilliger received injuries to his forearm, not firearm related, and was treated and released.

No words can express our feeling of loss at this time. Mike was a beacon of sunshine. Nothing but kind words for all. Seldom did a smile leave his face and his smiles were never bigger than when he would speak of his wife and daughter. We loved him as much he loved them. One of the bad parts about our business is the fact that it must go on. The thin blue line cannot be allowed to be broken. Now we face that task without our brother Mike by our side.

Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. A good man was lost today. We’ll keep you posted on the arrangements, which are incomplete as of this time. Mike’s picture is attached. Note the Chargers logo. Thank you for thinking about us.

Lieutenant Butch Townsend
Public Relations/Information Director
Pearl Police Department
2422 Old Brandon Road
Pearl, Mississippi 39208

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sshuemaker said...

So very sad...May GOD have Mercy on his Soul...

Russ Jennings said...

My home town... So sad for such a great department and town.

Anonymous said...

This is so heart breaking. My son wants to be a police office when he grows up, he's only 12 now and i'm afraid of it. May God be with you all. We have this almost everyday in Billings, Mt..or some type of horrible crime.. Lisa Byrd

Anonymous said...

To the wife and daughter, we will keep you in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

God bless the man that gives his life to protect his community. Prayers are with his family.

Anonymous said...

God bless and keep his family in this time of need and may the other officers get well soon and may the suspect rot in hell for all eternity.

Anonymous said...

God blesses those who work for peace. For they shall be called children of God. Matthew 5:9

RIP Brother

Kimberly Moore said...

This just breaks my heart! Praying for his wife and daughter! I can only imagine how difficult this must be for them. Praying for God's loving arms to be wrapped around them and his perfect peace upon them for the days to come! Praying they take comfort in God's word...Jeremiah 29:11

sandra said...

Prayers ascend for the Walter family in this time of need. May Christ, who defeated death for all eternity hold their hearts and minds during this lonely time. May he remind them, that in HIM it is only goodbye for a short while. May good memories and not anger and sadness be their focus.

Anonymous said...

Having a husband and son in law enforcement and another son with the FD this is so close to home. I have been and will continue praying for the family. Praying that HIS peace, the peace that passes all understanding will sustain them thru this and that they can feel his comforting arms around them.