WASHINGTON (AP) — Walter Walsh, who captured gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s and went on to train Marine Corps snipers and become the longest-lived Olympian, has died.
Walsh’s son Gerald Walsh confirmed his father died Tuesday in Arlington, Va. Walsh would have turned 107 on Sunday.
Walsh began his FBI career in 1934. In 1937, he was involved in a shootout with the Brady Gang in Bangor, Maine. Killed in the shootout were Alfred Brady, the FBI’s “Public Enemy no. 1,” and gang member Clarence Shaffer.
In 1948, Walsh competed in shooting in the London summer Olympics but didn’t medal. He was an Olympic record holder, however. In 2013, at the age of 105 and 321 days, he became the longest-lived Olympian.
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