The Boston Police Department Salute Black History Month

On Saturday, February 5, 1994 Officer B. Wayne Anderson, then 37 years of age, returned home from his shift, changed out of his uniform and drove to a store in his personal vehicle. Officer Anderson noticed a car going the wrong way on a one-way street and tried to stop the driver.  When Officer Anderson identified himself as a Boston Police Officer, the driver, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Anderson point-blank in the chest.

Officer Anderson “acted on instinct, as he had so many times before, and he made the ultimate sacrifice,” then-Acting Police Commissioner Paul F. Evans told the mourners at during his funeral service. “He exemplified all that is good in a police officer.”

Officer Berisford Wayne Anderson was the first African American Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty.  His sacrifice will never be forgotten.