BPD Remembers: On Saturday February 5, 1994, Officer Berisford Wayne Anderson was shot and killed after stopping a speeding, wrong-way driver in the area of Spencer Street in Dorchester. Officer Anderson had finished his tour of duty and taken off his uniform and ballistic vest when he stopped the vehicle while dressed in his civilian clothes. After identifying himself as a Boston Police Officer, the driver of the vehicle pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Anderson. The suspect, who had outstanding warrants, was arrested a short time later.
Officer Anderson had served with the Boston Police Department for 14 years and is buried at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. He left behind a wife and five children. Officer Anderson’s name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 15, east line 19, as well as on the Hero Wall at Boston Police headquarters and at the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.
A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the corner of Spencer Street and Talbot Avenue in Dorchester.