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Dr. Wesley F. Cherry dies following arrest of murder suspect Tom Taylor on March 6, 1854.
On March 6, 1854, Dr. Wesley F. Cherry dies of wounds received as the member of a posse sent to Whidbey Island to arrest the killers of William Young. A Native American member of the posse was killed and the other three white members were wounded. A Snohomish suspect is killed along with an unknown number of other tribe members. Cherry is acknowledged as the first public safety officer to die in the line of duty in Washington, but the slain Native American whose name was not recorded may also deserve this honor.
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Ben Payne fatally shoots Seattle Policeman David Sires on October 12, 1881.
On October 12, 1881, Ben Payne fatally shoots Seattle Policeman David Sires. Payne is arrested later and charged with the offense. Sires dies a few days later. Payne will be one of three men lynched by a mob on January 18, 1882.
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King County Sheriff Lewis V. Wykoff dies from effects of mob violence on January 20, 1882.
On January 20, 1882, King County Sheriff Lewis V. Wykoff (1828-1882) dies of a heart attack, resulting no doubt from the effects of mob violence.
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King County Sheriff's Deputy George W. Poor is mistakenly killed by a U.S. Customs officer in Skagit County on July 26, 1891.
On July 26, 1891, King County Sheriff's Deputy George W. Poor is mistakenly killed by U.S. Customs Inspector James C. Baird north of Woolley in Skagit County. The deputy had been assisting another Customs Inspector, Z. Taylor Holden, in an attempt to intercept Chinese immigrants who were illegally entering the U.S. from Canada. Holden may have been in league with the smugglers.
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Ex-convict Charles Phillips murders Seattle Police Officer James L. Wells on November 28, 1897.
On November 28, 1897, ex-convict Charles Phillips fatally shoots Seattle Police Officer James L. Wells (1859-1898). Wells is transporting Phillips to jail in a patrol wagon when the prisoner pulls a gun and fires. Phillips flees and engages in a running gun battle with other officers before he is wounded and captured.
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Ex-convict Richard H. Lee murders Officer Thomas L. Roberts on April 10, 1898.
On April 10, 1898, Seattle Police Officer Thomas L. Roberts (1862-1898) is murdered by ex-convict Richard H. Lee near 18th Avenue and Jefferson Street. Officer George E. Deigh is wounded in a gunbattle with the killer.
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Two Philippine war dead buried in Seattle on February 8, 1900.
On February 8, 1900, two Seattle volunteers who died in the Philippine Islands during the Philippine Insurrection are buried at Lake View Cemetery after a funeral parade that begins at the Seattle Armory. They are Captain George H. Fortson and Private Royal E. Fletcher of the First Washington Volunteer Regiment.
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Seattle's newly resigned police chief William Meredith is killed in a sensational shootout in Seattle on June 25, 1901.
On June 25, 1901, former Seattle police chief William L. Meredith (1869-1901) is gunned down by variety-theater owner John Considine (1868-1943) inside the G. O. Guy drugstore in Pioneer Square after he tries unsuccessfully to kill Considine. It's a sensational shooting that's Seattle's lead story in 1901, and people come to Guy's drugstore for years afterward to see holes left in the ceiling by a shotgun blast.
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Robbery suspects murder Officer Albert C. Schaneman on September 13, 1903.
On September 13, 1903, two robbery suspects murder Seattle Police Officer Albert C. Schaneman (1867-1903) in the Pioneer Square area.
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Robbery suspects murder Kent town marshal Harry E. Miller on April 10, 1908.
On April 10, 1908, three armed robbery suspects murder the Kent town marshal, Harry E. Miller. A posse of citizens capture the killers after a gun battle. All the robbers are sentenced to life imprisonment. (Kent is a King County community located 15 miles southeast of Seattle.)
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City jail prisoner R. L. Ladovich murders Seattle Police Officer Matthias H. Rude on September 24, 1910.
On September 24, 1910, city jail prisoner R. L. Ladovich murders Seattle Police Officer Matthias H. Rude (1865-1910).
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Burglary suspect murders Seattle Police Officer Judson P. Davis on February 23, 1911.
On February 23, 1911, burglary suspect John Ford murders Officer Judson P. Davis (1878-1911) on Capitol Hill. Ford will die two days later of wounds received from Davis's partner.
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Officer William H. Cunliffe is murdered on June 17, 1911.
On June 17, 1911, Seattle Police Officer William H. Cunliffe (1866-1911) is shot and killed by unknown assailants on First Hill.
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Officer Henry L. Harris is shot and killed in Pioneer Square on July 4, 1911.
On July 4, 1911, Seattle Police Officer Henry L. Harris (1882-1911) is shot and killed
in Pioneer Square by an unknown assailant. Investigating officers are hindered
by large numbers of intoxicated and antagonistic Fourth of July revelers. The
crime is never solved.
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Ballard man mistakenly kills Seattle Police Officer Arthur K. Ruckart on December 24, 1914.
On December 24, 1914, Ballard resident Wilfred Bagley
mistakes Seattle Police Officer Arthur K. Ruckart (1887-1914) for a chicken thief and fatally shoots him.
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Seattle Police Officer Lawrence E. Kost is fatally shot by robbery suspects on December 10, 1915.
On December 10, 1915, Seattle Police Officer Lawrence E. Kost (1892-1915) is fatally shot by armed robbery suspects.
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Armed robbers kill King County Sheriff's Deputy Robert C. Scott on April 4, 1920.
On April 4, 1920, King County Sheriff's Deputy Robert C. Scott is shot and killed by armed robbers on Rainier Avenue near Cloverdale Station. Deputy Scott and four other deputies encounter two masked men who are systematically flagging down and robbing motorists at gunpoint. After the officer is shot, the bandits take two motorists hostage and speed away in their automobile. One robber kills the other in an argument.
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Robbery suspects murder Seattle Police Officer Volney L. Stevens on January 14, 1921.
On January 14, 1921, four robbery suspects murder Seattle Police Officer Volney Lewis Stevens (1874-1921) on Magnolia Bluff. The suspects kidnap Stevens's partner in their police car, but return the officer to where they left Stevens. The suspects are captured as they attempt to flee in a rowboat.
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Officer Charles O. Legate is found murdered on March 17, 1922.
On March 17, 1922, Officer Charles O. Legate (1872-1922) is found murdered in a locked garage on his beat near 12th Avenue and Jackson Street. At first, the death is ruled a suicide, but is determined to be murder after his widow challenges the suicide ruling, which would deny her a pension.
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Officer Arthur B. Luntsford is fatally shot on 1st Avenue on January 15, 1923.
On January 15, 1923, Seattle Police Officer Arthur B. Luntsford (1880-1923) is fatally shot by an armed robbery suspect on 1st Avenue. The suspect then turns the gun on himself.
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