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Anniversary of Ilford police officer shot in line of duty

PUBLISHED: 11:27 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:27 20 April 2016

Pc Phillip Walters, who was shot dead on April 18 1995.

Pc Phillip Walters, who was shot dead on April 18 1995.

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On an April night, 21 years ago, a brave Ilford police officer went out on a job never to return home.

The memorial to pc Phillip Walters who died 20 years ago on dutyThe memorial to pc Phillip Walters who died 20 years ago on duty

Pc Phillip Walters and four other officers were called to a domestic disturbance in Empress Avenue, Ilford.

“We found these three guys beating up this man,” explained Pc Derek Shepherd, speaking to the Recorder at the 20th anniversary last year.

“I managed to cuff one and then we tackled another, and then this guy came out from the top of the stairs and just started firing.”

That was when, on April 18 1995, Pc Walters was shot in the chest. He died later in hospital, aged only 28.

His killer, a Jamaican known as Ray Lee, was convicted of manslaughter and left prison on parole several years ago.

Redbridge police officers visited the memorial to in Empress Avenue Pc Walters on Monday.

A plaque, funded my Recorder readers, was placed in Valentines Park, shortly after his death.


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