On Saturday 2, May 1925, Patrolman Walter J. Stokes responded to a call of a domestic at a third floor apartment of 827 Bank Street in the Brooklyn section of Waterbury. Upon entering the apartment, Patrolman Stokes was attacked by Ernest J. Bercier, the husband in the domestic dispute. Bercier attempted to gain control of Patrolman Stokes' revolver. During the struggle for the revolver, Patrolman Stokes managed to shoot Bercier in the hand, however Bercier won control of the revolver and shot Patrolman Stokes. Bercier then fled the scene but was apprehended by Patrolman Michael Carroll who was on his way to back up Patrolman Stokes.
Patrolman Stokes was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.