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"Officer Down"

Assault Weapons and the War on Law Enforcement

Section Three: Selected Incidents of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty by Assault Weapons, 1998 Through 2001

Date: November 13, 2001

Location: Nicholasville, Kentucky

Assault Weapon: M1 carbine

Jessamine County Sheriff's Deputies Billy Ray Walls, age 28, and Chuck Morgan, age 51, were shot and killed, and another deputy was wounded, when they tried to serve a warrant for misdemeanor terroristic-threatening to Phillip Walker, age 75, on his drydocked houseboat. Walker had threatened to kill a family member with a gun. While in the houseboat with the deputies, Walker fired 11 shots from a 30-caliber M1 carbine, killing Deputy Walls and fatally injuring Deputy Morgan. Walker was killed in the gun battle.

Greg Kocher, "Man Who Killed Deputy Fired 11 Times Police Say," Lexington Herald Leader, November 15, 2001.


Each weapon shown is representative of the brand or model of assault weapon and is not a picture of the specific weapon used in the shooting described in the narrative.

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