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Name : Walsh, Robert 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 29687 Command: 007 Pct.
Date of Death: 1981-01-12   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery-Off Duty
 Officer Walsh was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a robbery in progress while off-duty. Officer Walsh had just gotten off-duty and stopped at a bar near his home in Queens when three armed, masked men entered the bar and announced a robbery. One suspect, who was holding two guns, pointed one gun at Officer Walsh and the other gun at a friend Officer Walsh had been talking to.

Officer Walsh's friend made a movement that distracted the gunman, and gave Officer Walsh an opportunity to draw his weapon. Officer Walsh identified himself as a Police Officer, but before he could take any further action, he was shot in the shoulder by the suspect.

The suspect then yelled to his accomplices and the suspects began to flee the bar. As he was leaving the gunman who wounded Officer Walsh walked up to the wounded officer and shot him in the head, killing him.

The suspect then fled from the bar, with Officer Walsh's friend in pursuit. The suspects fled into a get away car, driven by a fourth suspect. As they fled, Officer Walsh's friend fired several shots at the suspects, but was unable to stop them.

All four suspects were later apprehended and ranged in age from 15 to 23. The suspect that fired the shots that killed Officer Walsh was 16-years-old. The 15 year old suspect plead guilty as a juvenile offender in Family Court and was sentenced to 10 years, the other three suspect were all convicted of murder and attempted robbery and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Officer Walsh had been a member of the New York City Police Department for 12 years. He was 34.
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Comments from Friends    
Way back in the early 80's, i read about this officer's execution in a detective magazine and it's really upsetting that these perps are free or about to be.
— Clyde Roberts(visitor)

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 15, 2006, 12:31 pm

I dated P.O. Walsh's Daughter in the 80's and only knew that her father was a P.O. and had been killed. I think of him often as I do her, and can only imagine the pain that the family suffered. May he rest in peace.
— Eddie
Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:02 am

I met Bobby when he worked in the 83. After he was transferred he often came back to visit. He was a nice guy who would do anything for a friend.
— Kevin Cox
Posted: February 18, 2010, 3:32 pm

As a rookie court officer this was the first trial that I ever worked. Now I have nearly 30 years on and am approaching retirement. For some reason I was thinking about Officer Walsh today and googled this site. Rest in Peace.
— Matt Temkin
Posted: April 3, 2010, 10:26 pm

I was in that bar (BVD's) playing darts with the guy that shot Bob's gun at the perps. His name was Bob Menzel, one tough MF from the hood. It was a nice neighborhood from the outside looking in but having grown up there I can tell many stories of the tough violent situations that went on there. I was not a cop yet but knew Bob was and he was a great guy and a good cop. I left the bar about 30 minutes before the robbery took place. Looking back I can say that it was this sad sad police execution that stayed with me throughout my 20 year NYPD career. If you ever worked with me I know you will attest to the fact that I was always ready for an offensive attack and would not let my guard down. I thank God that I was able to survive the many battles we (NYPD) all encounter while working there. R.I.P. Bob it was great to have had the privilege to know you.
— Steve Covetskie
Posted: March 20, 2011, 12:31 pm

my partner and i had the adjoining footpost that evening with bobby and his partner /Bobby was trying to get us to go out with him for a beer but we decided to go home instead/RIP Bobby
— buddy
Posted: October 29, 2011, 11:58 am

On the anniversary of you joined Gods squad may you rest in peace
— John Olivieri
Posted: January 12, 2012, 8:27 pm

I knew Bobby when he worked anti-crime in the 83 pct.Tough cop always watching your back.RIP BROTHER
— joe mertens
Posted: September 22, 2012, 7:37 am

My Dad was Bobby's partner at the time. I was 11 years old when I woke up to my Dad crying which never happened. He lost a partner and I truly learned what loss looked like. Pct picnics, Christmas parties and looking up to Men that shaped my world. I am now a Lt with the NYPD with over 20 years, spreading Bobby's story of Courage, Honor and Love. You are missed every waking day I live. I am the way I am today because of YOU.
— Jim O'Malley
Posted: December 12, 2013, 4:00 am

PO Walsh, even when trying to relax you were thrust into a situation where you were back on duty. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Robert.
— Tpmmy
Posted: January 12, 2014, 1:51 pm

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. RIP Bobby.
— Jim O'Malley
Posted: January 13, 2014, 3:22 am

I knew Bobby from the 83 Pct where we use to stop by the B&G bar on the corner of the S/H. The owner use to keep bottle of diet coke onhand for me because I don't drink. Bob and I both loved the oldies from the 60's and the jukebox in the B&G was stocked with a lot of that music. I was with Bobby 2 days before he was killed. Bobby had a habbit of sitting near the entrance with his back to the door. This way he was close to the jukebox and all he had to do was swing around while he was seated and put coins in and listen to more oldies. He lived right around the corner from the bar in the 104 Pct and the bar was just a couple of blocks out of the 83 boundaries. Bobby had been an active cop in the 83 Anti-Crime. There was a story circulating that one of the mutts, who were from he 83, recognized Bobby and Bobby saw that look of recognition and reached for his off-duty and was shot. When he fell to the floor, the POS executed him with a shot to the head. I woke up that morning and the TV was talking about the murder of an off-duty officer. Then they put Bobby's picture up and I nearly fell out of bed. His wife was a real traffic stopper (I mean that with all due respect) with a terrific personality to match. I hope she and the kids are doing all right. I miss you and our terrible duets of the oldies. Will "Wildeyes" Sekzer
— Will Sekzer
Posted: October 9, 2014, 5:01 pm

Robert we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: January 9, 2015, 6:34 am

Two of the 4 stickmen arrested and convicted for this crime remain in prison. Richard Rivera was sentenced to 30 yrs to Life and became eligible for parole in 2011, his next chance for release is in 2016, he was 17 years old when the murder was committed he is now 51. Carlos Flores was sentenced to 21yrs to life and has been denied release since 2002 be will up for parole again in Sept of 2015. He will be 52 this year. The reported driver of the getaway car had his conviction overturned on appeal in 1988 after serving seven years and the 15 year old, sentenced to 5 to life was released in 1987.
Posted: January 12, 2015, 8:58 am



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