Coroner ID's Police Officer, Family Members - 8 News NOW

Coroner ID's Police Officer, Family Members

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The Walters' family Christmas card for 2011. The Walters' family Christmas card for 2011.
Hans Pieter Walters, a Metro police lieutenant, had been with Metro since 1991. Hans Pieter Walters, a Metro police lieutenant, had been with Metro since 1991.
Kathryn Walters worked for Metro from 1991 to 2004. Kathryn Walters worked for Metro from 1991 to 2004.

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- All three family members involved in a Boulder City shooting died from gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Clark County coroner.

The coroner said the gunshot deaths of 46-year-old Kathryn Michelle Walters and 5-year-old Maximilian Walters were homicides. The coroner said the manner of death for 52-year-old Hans Pieter Walters, a Metro police lieutenant, was suicide by a gunshot wound to the head.

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The shootings happened Monday morning in the 1300 block of Esther Drive in Boulder City. Police say Walters called 911 and said he had killed his wife and son and was preparing to set the house on fire.

When emergency crews arrived at the home, they briefly saw Walters outside the house, but he went back inside and shot himself.

A small memorial has grown in front of the house.

"We were just talking about how you don't expect it to happen, especially from someone in the police department. It's not something you expect to see," said Lacie Cannabo, who left a card at the memorial in from of the home.

Neighbors said Walters, his wife, and son seemed like any regular family. The boy attended kindergarten at Andrew Mitchell Elementary School across the street from his home. One woman told 8 News NOW she was good friends with Kathryn Walters and she never indicated there was any trouble in her home.

"It also shows that you need to reach out to your neighbors, make yourself known," said Bailey Barker, who also visited the memorial.

Co-workers of Walters said he seemed like a loving family man who kept pictures and drawings from his son on his desk.

 

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