Pc Philip Walters was shot dead in Empress Avenue in Ilford in 1995

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Memorial held for police officer killed on duty Memorial held for police officer killed on duty

A memorial was held this week for a police officer who was killed on duty 19 years ago.

Officers gathered in Empress Avenue, Ilford, on Thursday to commemorate the life of Pc Philip Walters who was shot dead on April 18, 1995.

PC Walters had been called to a domestic incident in Empress Avenue and attended a house with colleague PC Derek Shepherd during a late shift.

During a struggle, both officers were injured and PC Walters was shot in the chest.

PC Shepherd was commended for his bravery in risking his own life to restrain the suspect at a special ceremony with home secretary Jack Straw in 1998.

PC Walters was just 28 when he died and had been at Ilford Police Station for just over a year.

Borough Commander Sue Williams laid a floral tribute at a memorial stone which is dedicated to the officer.

Policemen and women also stood silent for a minute to honour their fallen colleague.

A man was jailed in 1996 for the killing.

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8:50am Sun 20 Apr 14

Johnny Boy says...

RIP Phil.
RIP Phil. Johnny Boy
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