One officer killed, two wounded while attempting to serve a warrant on a sex offender.
Murderer Carnell Gaines Jr. was wanted for child molestation.
The Pearl Police Department released a detailed bio on slain officer Michael J. Walter, shot while serving a warrant this morning on a suspected sex offender.
Following is the statement:
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 32 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 fire arm 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.
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