BSO’S COLD CASE SERIES: WHO KILLED THE PILOT?

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 22-7-35

Date: June 20, 2022

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MEDIA NOTE: A version of the video without captions can be found, click here. 

Russell Walker opened the door of his home in Pompano Beach one day in January 2011. He was shot nine times. The killer got away while Walker's body lay on the floor for days before being discovered. The execution-style killing was cold, and eleven years later, so is his murder case. The second episode of the Broward Sheriff's Office cold case video series entitled "Open and Unsolved: Russell Walker" recounts the mysterious killing of an accomplished man who embraced the spirit of adventure. The second episode can be found linked in the photo above or on You Tube. 

 When BSO's Cold Case Homicide Investigations Unit was formed in 2019, Walker's homicide was taken off the shelf and given a fresh look. "Based on what we see at the crime scene, we do not believe this was a robbery," said BSO Cold Case Detective Zack Scott. "There were no valuables taken. We do not believe that the suspect even entered the home. We believe that the confrontation with Mr. Walker occurred in the doorway, the front door, and he was killed there."

Walker worked as a pilot for American Airlines for 19 years. He was a former naval aviator who flew F-14 Tomcats at the famed Top Gun school. Walker traveled the world and indulged in hobbies like boating, motorcycling, hunting, and skiing. His family is perplexed as to who would want to take his life, and they are hopeful someone with new information will come forward. His tragic death has left a void too painful to live with. 

"There's someone out there who shot my brother nine times. And he's gotten 11 and a half more years of life. And that's not right. And that will never be right with me. It'll always tear a hole in my heart," said Walker's brother John.

In the case of Russell Walker, investigators and family members are asking anyone with information to contact BSO Det. Zack Scott at 954-321-4214 or submit a tip through the SaferWatch App. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477), online at browardcrimestoppers.org, or dial **TIPS (8477) from any cellphone in the United States. Any information that leads to an arrest in this case is eligible for a reward of up to $5,000. 

THIS REPORT BY:

Carey Codd/Sr. PIO 
Claudinne Caro/PIO