Lieutenant Walter Tommy Collins was shot and killed while assisting other officers responding to a call involving a man firing a rifle at construction workers.
He and two other officers were wounded by the gunfire. Lieutenant Collins was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to three 99 years prison terms.
Lieutenant Collins had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and mother.