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Trooper Faces String of Charges After Drunken Evening

Boston Globe via YellowBrix

September 27, 2010

BOSTON – A Massachusetts State Police trooper and Army war hero was arrested after a chaotic scene unfolded early yesterday morning when he allegedly drove drunk and crashed his car on his Dorchester street, pointed a gun at an off-duty Boston police officer, and then ran into his house and fired his gun into a ceiling. He came outside and was wrestled to the ground by responding officers.

Timothy J. Walsh, 41, is an 18-year State Police veteran who has been on military leave for the past five years, said David Procopio, a spokesman for the State Police. Walsh has done multiple tours in Afghanistan and he received the Army Commendation Medal for valor in December 2009.


On December 29, 2009 Trooper Tim Walsh at a December 2009 ceremony where he received a Commendation Medal for Valor. [Personal Photo]

At about 1:30 a.m., police responded to a radio call to 32 South Munroe Terrace for a report of a person pointing a gun at a police officer, police said. When they arrived, the off-duty officer, who also lives on the street and whose name was not released, told the arriving officers that Walsh had fled into the house. Then officers heard the gunshot.

According to a Boston Police Department report obtained by the Globe, police surrounded the house, where Walsh lives on the first floor with a roommate. When Walsh exited, the officers ordered him to put his hands up and get on the ground. He refused, according to the report, and the officers wrestled him to the ground, placing him under arrest.

Police found a bullet hole in a living room ceiling.

Walsh’s roommate, who told police he was sleeping and woke when he heard the gunshot, was not injured.

A man who answered the door at 32 South Munroe declined to comment yesterday.

Walsh was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, assault with a dangerous weapon, illegal discharge of a firearm, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Dorchester District Court. A hearing will be held Tuesday to determine if Walsh will be suspended from the State Police as the criminal case is processed, Procopio said.

According to witnesses cited in the report, Walsh struck three parked cars on his street and then fled onto Neponset Avenue. He returned a short time later and parked his battered car in his driveway, the report said.

By this time, neighbors had come outside to inspect the damage and they recognized Walsh’s car. The off-duty Boston officer, who said Walsh was slurring his words, told him to wait outside for police to respond. It was then that Walsh allegedly pointed the gun at the officer and went inside.

Walsh was briefly treated at Boston Medical Center yesterday for injuries he sustained in the crashes and while being arrested, according to the report.

Procopio said Walsh turned in his service weapon when he went on military leave and that the gun he fired was a personal weapon. Walsh has a license to carry firearms, he said.

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  • Car6_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    sad to hear, I hope and wish the best for him. Well done by the responding officers!

  • Aaa_max50


    almost 4 years ago



  • Img_6191_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    "Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom"

    Everyone has a limit, but how can you believe anyone when they name something like it is a game, Enduring Freedom, when people are still dying after how many years.

    I would come back VERY disturbed myself

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    This officer needs help not jail time. While his days on the street may be over, a desk job that will let him reach retirement would not be out of line. Everyone has a breaking point, I don't care who you are. Apparently he hid it well, and in the world of LE, understandable. His cup just got too full and no one noticed.
    God Bless Him.

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    MILKING THE SYSTEM , NOT A FRONT LINE SOLDIER , HE MUST HAVE GOTTEN HIS MEDAL OF VALOR IN A CRACKER JACK BOX OR FROM A PAPER CUT? I do believe if you take the time to actually read the entire story , you will understand he is S.O.G. (Special Operations Group) for the uninformed !
    That means he is right in middle of Indian country , not swilling down donuts and cocktails in some comfy rear area.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The roommate and his girlfriend were inside the first floor of the 2 bedroom duplex which Trooper Walsh owns. They were sleeping when the alleged shot was fired. The upstairs tenant of Walsh's was not harmed. Treatment was mandated by the Judge and hopefully this will arrive albeit somewhat late.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago



  • Animal007_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I agree, and hope he gets the help he needs

  • Brotherhood_badge_with_black_ribbon_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    More unfortunate evidence that our military is not effectively dealing with the trauma of reeated combat tours. We have to do a better job of treated those who go in harms way in the name of national security.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I want to keep track of this, as for the outcome he needs help and sometimes the one that needs it has to admonish that fact. The booze and hell raising almost got me, and I was labled as a functioing alcoholic, until I admitted I needed the help, I played hard and worked twice as hard. I got the help and some have adopted and some have not " to the new me", it's a long road home and even a longer road to recovery. This trooper is in my prayers, as he should be in everyone's prayer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Maugwa - SAY WHAT? Did you read? This guy received the Medal of Valor - you don't get that for pushing paper around - someone should have seen the signs - this guy needs help not jail - he has 18 years on the department - he deserves some respect from his fellow brother and sister officers. 5 years active duty with MULTIPLE tours in the hell hole they call Afghanistan - show the guy some compasion - he needs help and support

  • 695843670_62fa8c0219_m_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    That was a probelm!! His friends and family should have seen warning signs. I was in Army, you are put thru alot of mental stressors. The public, sometimes doesn't realize, what it takes to keep it togather. I hope he is getting the help he needs.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I hope he gets the help he needs.

  • Image010_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Stress and a load of PTSD is ripping this officer apart. Help him don't jail him!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    How is it that this trooper is so important to the US ARMY that he got orders to stay activated for the last 5 years? We have guys at my agency who have milked the system to do the same foking thing and not one of them a front line soldier. Yet we have to hold their job for them while they play soldier making more money than they make at their LEA. Not to mention we work harder to cover for the lack of manpower. I'm just wondering outloud here..........not trying to take away from the fact that P.T.S.D. is a serious condition that many of our fine soldiers are dealing with today. Glad nobody was injured in this situation in MA.

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