Detective
Walter B. Starrett
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department
Monday, December 24, 1917

Age: 34
Served: 4 years
Badge #: 417
Panel 19E, Line 21
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, December 24, 1917
02:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Meridian Road railroad crossing, Mitchell
Incident County:
Lawrence
Incident Township:
Marion
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
No charges filed
Burial Place:
Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia

   Detective Walter Starrett was killed instantly when he was shot by a suspicious person in the switch yards in Mitchell.

   He had encountered a subject in the yards near the Lehigh Cement Mill No. 2 at the Meridian Road crossing. As the two exchanged gunfire, he was shot once in the heart.

   The 32-year-old man, who was wounded, left the scene but later informed police of the incident. He stated that he was passing through the yards on his way home when he was shot at by an unknown man who police determined to be Detective Starrett.

   A grand jury declined to return an indictment when the man claimed self-defense.

   Detective Starrett was survived by his wife and three children.

Military Service


United States Army


The responsibilities of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department (1828–1987) are now under the jurisdiction of the CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department.


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