Officer Brian Walsh Federal Way Police Department Washington

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Officer Brian Walsh
Federal Way Police Department

End of Watch: Sunday, March 21, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Officer Brian Walsh suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after responding to a an officer-involved shooting on 26th Avenue, SW.
After the initial response and search for suspects, Officer Walsh was posted on the perimeter to secure the shooting scene. At approximately 6:45 am he was found collapsed in his patrol car.
Officer Walsh was a service member of the Air National Guard and had served in law enforcement for eight years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two children.

Agency Contact Information
Federal Way Police Department
33530 1st Way South
PO Box 9718
Federal Way, WA 98063
Phone: (253) 661-4000


The 34-year-old Federal Way police officer who died Sunday morning while guarding a crime scene has been identified as Brian Walsh.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and Monday concluded that Walsh died of natural causes: acute cardiac dysrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat — and mild to moderate atherosclerosis.

Federal Way Police Department spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said Walsh joined the department 4 ½ years ago.

Schrock said Walsh also worked four years in another Police Department and served in the Air National Guard.

He leaves behind two children and his wife, who is due to deliver the couple’s third child in May, the Police Department said.

Walsh was working as a perimeter guard while detectives investigated an incident in which two Federal Way officers shot and wounded a suspect in a stolen car, according to police.

The shooting occurred about 1 a.m. when officers were sent to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the 33300 block of 26th Avenue Southwest in Federal Way.

Two people were sleeping in the back of an SUV, which police determined had been reported as stolen.

As officers approached, the driver started the engine and began to leave. As the vehicle drove away, it rammed three Federal Way police cars, prompting two officers to fire at the driver and the vehicle, police said.

One suspect, a 17-year-old male with an extensive criminal history, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a gunshot wound to his arm, according to police.

The second suspect was still at large, according to police.

No officers were injured in the gunfire, police said, and the two officers who were involved in the shooting have been placed on routine paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Because the shooting involved Federal Way police, the Renton Police Department was investigating the officer-involved shooting, Schrock said.

While that was under way on Sunday morning, Federal Way officers were guarding the perimeter, Schrock said.

Walsh was found collapsed inside his car at around 6:45 a.m. and medics were unable to revive him.

A memorial fund has been established by the Federal Way Police Officer’s Guild. Donations may be made to Officer Walsh’s Memorial Fund at any KeyBank branch location.

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