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Fund to help honor mother, son slain by Metro officer

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Lt. Hans Pieter Walters, left, and his wife, former Metro officer Kathryn Michelle Walters, both died in a double-homicide/suicide Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Boulder City.

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A memorial fund has been created for a Boulder City family slain by a Metro Police officer last week.

The Michelle and Max Memorial Fund was established to help defray the funeral and burial cost for Michelle and Max Walters, who were shot and killed by Lt. Hans Walters in an apparent murder-suicide last Monday.

The fund is located at the Green Valley Parkway and Pebble Road branch of Wells Fargo Bank, account No. 1170455602.

On Jan. 21, Hans Walters shot himself after killing his wife and son and setting their Boulder City home on fire. Walters had called 911 in the morning and confessed to shooting his family. Walters then disclosed his plans to commit suicide and warned dispatchers that he would shoot any police officer sent to try to stop him.

Boulder City Police officers arrived within moments of the 911 call to a burning house in the 1300 block of Esther Drive. Walters, who was armed with a handgun, stepped outside of the house and ignored officers' commands to put down the gun. He then re-entered the burning home and shot himself, police said.

Hans Pieter Walters, 52, was a 20-plus-year veteran with Metro Police and was a lieutenant at the time of his death. He had been with Metro since September 1991. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January 1998 and to lieutenant in January 2010. He was assigned to the Patrol Division, Enterprise Area Command.

Kathryn Michelle Walters, 46, was employed by Metro from January 1991 until August 2004. She was assigned to the Patrol Division before voluntarily leaving the agency.

The Clark County Coroner's Office on Tuesday ruled Kathryn and Max Walters' deaths a homicide. Each died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Hans Walters also died from a gunshot wound to the head. His cause of death was listed as a suicide.

Henderson Police are still investigating the shootings, and have not yet indicated a motive.

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