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Line of duty deaths 1900s

ENOCH E. BREECE - End of Watch: July 3, 1902
Enoch Breece

Commission Date: 1898
Rank: Patrol Officer

On July 3, 1902, in the evening hours, Seattle Police Officer Enoch E. Breece was shot and killed in the line of duty. Enoch Breece was one of dozens of law enforcement officers involved in a manhunt, searching for an escaped Oregon State Penitentiary convict. The escapee, who had already killed three officers and three civilians, fled to Washington and was pursued to the Seattle area. Following leads, Officer Breece, along with Deputy Game Warden Neill Rawley, searched the northern boundary of Woodland Park. Knowing the police were looking for him, the convict hid in nearby bushes. The suspect opened fire when the officers came into his view. Deputy Game Warden Rawley died several hours later. Officer Enoch E. Breece died at the scene.


ALBERT C. SCHANEMAN- End of Watch: September 15, 1903
Albert Schaneman

Commission Date: 1896
Rank: Patrol Officer

On September 14, 1903, at 11:55PM, Seattle Police Officer Albert C. Schaneman was shot and killed in the line of duty. Patrolling at Occidental and Jackson Streets, he saw two men that he believed were wanted armed robbers. As Officer Schaneman approached, the suspects separated. One suspect confronted the officer while the other came from behind and shot him in the head. Two nearby officers heard the shot and ran to the scene, finding Officer Schaneman barely alive on the ground. One officer remained with his fallen comrade while the other officer pursed the suspects. One suspect was shot and wounded. The other suspect remained at large. A horse drawn patrol wagon took Officer Albert E. Schaneman to Police Headquarters, where he died at 12:17AM, September 15th.


MATTHIAS H. RUDE - End of Watch: September 24, 1910
Matthias Rude

Commission Date: June 6, 1910
Rank: Patrol Officer

On September 24, 1910, Seattle Police Officer Matthias H. Rude was stabbed and killed in the line of duty. At 10:00AM, Officer Rude was assisting other officers guarding 30 prisoners. The prisoners had been escorted outside the downtown Seattle jail for a work detail. Without warning, one prisoner attacked Officer Rude, striking him in the head with a pick ax. The suspect had been serving a thirty day sentence for disorderly conduct. He was subdued at the scene. Officer Rude was taken to City Hospital where a team of doctors operated on him. Officer Matthias H. Rude died at 4:00PM.


JUDSON P. DAVIS - End of Watch: February 23, 1911
Judson Davis

Commission Date: Unknown
Rank: Patrol Officer

On February 23, 1911, at about 7:00PM, Seattle Police Officer Judson P. Davis was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Davis and his partner were patrolling an area of the city recently plagued by armed robberies and burglaries. They contacted two males for questioning at Boylston Avenue and Denny Way. When one of the suspects produced a handgun, Officer Davis went for his sidearm. He was shot, but managed to return fire. Officer Davis shot and killed one suspect, while his partner shot and wounded the other suspect. In all, 17 shots were exchanged. Officer Judson P. Davis died on the sidewalk from his wounds.


WILLIAM H. CUNLIFFE - End of Watch: June 17, 1911
William Cunliffe

Commission Date: January 4, 1908
Rank: Patrol Officer

On June 17, 1911, at about 1:42AM, Seattle Police Officer William H. Cunliffe was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Cunliffe was working his beat when he saw two men acting suspiciously. As he walked up to the pair, one of the suspects shot him. Although wounded, he managed to fire three shots at the fleeing suspects. Officer William H. Cunliffe died at the scene. His murder remains unsolved.


HENRY L. HARRIS - End of Watch: July 4, 1911
Henry Harris

Commission Date: August 19, 1910
Rank: Patrol Officer

On July 4, 1911, Seattle Police Officer Henry L. Harris was shot and killed in the line of duty. At about 9:00PM, Officer Harris was assigned to pedestrian traffic control duties in what is now referred to as the Pioneer Square section of Seattle. A crowd of about 2,000 gathered in the district to celebrate. As the officer directed traffic, a lone male approached him from behind, placed a revolver to his head, and fired. Officer Harris fell backward, pulled his service weapon, and fired 5 shots before collapsing. He was taken to City Hospital. Officer Henry L. Harris was pronounced dead at 10:00PM. His murder remains unsolved.


ARTHUR K. RUCKART - End of Watch: December 27, 1914
Robert Litsey

Commission Date: 1913
Rank: Patrol Officer

On December 27, 1914, during the evening hours, Seattle Police Officer Arthur K. Ruckart was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Ruckart responded to a report of a despondent person in the 2000 block of West 61st Street. When he arrived, he saw a man on a porch with a shotgun in his hands. The officer called out to him, telling him he wanted to talk. Without comment, the man fired the shotgun, striking the officer. Officer Ruckart returned fire, wounding the suspect. Officer Arthur K. Ruckart died several hours later from his wounds.


LAWRENCE E. KOST - End of Watch: December 12, 1915
Lawerence Kost

Commission Date: August 10, 1915
Rank: Patrol Officer

On December 12, 1915, at about 11:45 PM, Seattle Police Officer Lawrence E. Kost was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Kost was walking his beat near Boren Avenue and Terrace Street. He received information about an armed robbery at a nearby drug store. After obtaining the three suspects' descriptions, he began searching the area. Minutes later, he stopped three men who resembled the robbers. One of the men produced a gun and shot the officer in the back. Officer Lawrence E. Kost died several days later.


JOHN F. WEEDIN - End of Watch: July 24, 1916
John Weedin

Commission Date: Unknown
Rank: Patrol Sergeant

On July 24, 1916, during the evening hours, Seattle Police Sergeant John F. Weedin was shot and killed in the line of duty. Sergeant Weedin and Officer Robert Wiley were traveling in a police automobile when a citizen stopped them to report that he had been accosted by a man with a gun. Officer Wiley exited the car and approached the suspect in the 2100 block of Westlake Avenue. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Officer Wiley. The gunman then turned the weapon on Sergeant Weedin, shooting him. Officer Wiley returned fire and killed the suspect. Officer Wiley died at the hospital a week later. Sergeant John F. Weedin died on arrival at the hospital. He was survived by his wife Agnes, and eight children: sons Harry, John, William, and Richard, and daughters Ivey, Daphne, Joy, and Beltha.


ROBERT R. WILEY - End of Watch: July 30, 1916

Commission Date: December 20, 1913
Rank: Patrol Officer

On July 24, 1916, during the evening hours, Seattle Police Officer Robert R. Wiley was shot in the line of duty. Officer Wiley and Sergeant John Weedin were traveling in a police automobile when a citizen stopped them to report that he had been accosted by a man with a gun. Officer Wiley exited the car and approached the suspect in the 2100 block of Westlake Avenue. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Officer Wiley. The gunman then turned the weapon on Sergeant Weedin and shot him. Officer Wiley returned fire and killed the suspect. Sergeant Weedin died on arrival at the hospital. Officer Robert R. Wiley was taken to Providence Hospital where he died a week later.


EDWIN WILSON - End of Watch: September 24, 1919
Edwin Wilson

Commission Date: December, 1913
Rank: Motorcycle Officer

On September 24, 1919, at about 3:30AM, Seattle Police Officer Edwin Wilson died in the line of duty. Officer Wilson had completed a call involving shots fired and was returning to headquarters. Traveling westbound in the 1200 block of Madison Street, he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pole. He was taken by patrol wagon to Providence Hospital. Officer Edwin Wilson died of massive injuries less than an hour later. He was survived by his parents and siblings.


 
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