March 24, 2023

Christopher Walsh (Springfield Officer Shot Dead) Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Suspected Shooter

Christopher Walsh Bio, Wiki

Christopher Walsh was an officer on the Springfield police who was shot and killed in a mass shooting at a gas station in Springfield, Missouri on Sunday, March 15th, 2020. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who was active in the Army Reserve.

The shooting left four innocent people and the gunman dead at Kum & Go. gas station and convenience store. Another officer was also shot but survived. “Both officers showed significant bravery and were heroic in their actions,” Chief Paul Williams.

Walsh, a Springfield native and graduate of Glendale High School.  Walsh served with the Springfield Police Department since 2016. He was a patrol officer. He was also an Army veteran, active in the US Army Reserves for 10 years. Walsh attended Ozark Technical Community College where he completed the EMT-B course.

Christopher Walsh Age

He was 32 years old.

Christopher Walsh Career

According to police, Officer Walsh had served on the Springfield police force for 3 1/2 years. “Officer Overton has been with SPD for two years and Officer Walsh was with SPD for three and a half years and was a U.S. Army veteran who remained active in the Army Reserves,” wrote police.

“He did not just serve our community; he served our country, as well. He is a hero in every sense of the word. Prayers for all of those who lost their lives or were injured last night” wrote a citizen on Facebook. “He was a very nice man too. Sad day?” wrote another man of Chris Walsh.

Christopher Walsh Shot and Killed in a Mass Shooting

Walsh was shot and killed in a mass shooting at a gas station in Springfield, Missouri on Sunday, March 15th, 2020. Springfield Police described an active shooter style incident involving multiple reports of shots fired.

“On March 15, 2020, at 11:24 p.m., Springfield Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Battlefield Rd. and Lone Pine Ave. regarding a shooting. While en route, multiple shooting calls were received, including one at 2100 S Ingram Mill and another at Sunshine and Hwy 65.”

It was a chaotic sequence of events. “Another call came in at 11:43 and officers were dispatched to the Kum & Go located at 2885 E Chestnut Expressway regarding another shooting. We believe one individual is responsible for each of these incidents. Callers at the Kum & Go reported a vehicle crashing at the scene and an armed suspect entering the store and shooting customers and employees,” the police wrote.

“Officer Josiah Overton and Officer Christopher Walsh were first to arrive and were immediately fired upon by the suspect. Other responding officers arrived, removed the two injured officers and made entry into the store where they found the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. At the scene, they also located three other deceased individuals and one person with a gunshot wound. That person was transported to a local hospital where they are being treated. Next of kin for the victims have not been notified yet. The suspect has not yet been positively identified. Unfortunately, Officer Christopher Walsh suffered a fatal gunshot wound and passed away at the hospital. Officer Josiah Overton sustained non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at a local hospital.”

Police further said: “Both of these officers showed significant bravery and were heroic in their actions. We ask that you respect their families’ privacy at this time. We ask for your thoughts and prayers for the officers’ families and the members of the Springfield Police Department.”

Christopher Walsh Wife

Christopher Walsh had a wife and a daughter, according to a statement from the Springfield Police Department.