Patrolman Clyde A. (Rusty) Walters
Elko Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, February 20, 1975
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, February 17, 1975
Weapon Used: Handgun, .22 caliber
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Patrolman Walters succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier while he and his partner attempted to serve a warrant on a juvenile suspect. The officers went to the boy's work and informed him he had to go to jail. The boy dropped a broom, bent behind a workbench, and came up firing a .22 caliber revolver. Patrolman Walters was struck five times and mortally wounded. Both he and his partner were able to return fire and kill the suspect. An interesting fact recently provided to us by Walters' daughter was that her father's partner that night was his own brother-in-law. He helped Officer Walters into the patrol car and drove him to the hospital. Walters did survive for three days.
Patrolman Walters had been with the agency for three years and had also served with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Carlin Police Department and Nevada Youth Training Center. He was survived by his wife and five children.