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Line of duty deaths 1960 - 1979

DAVID P. RICHARDS - End of Watch: September 1, 1967
Gary Lindell

Commission Date: December 5, 1966
Rank: Motorcycle Officer

On September 1, 1967, at about 9:00AM, Seattle Police Officer David P. Richards died in the line of duty. Officer Richards was traveling with other motorcycle officers along I-5 on the last day of his motorcycle training. A witness observed that the rear tire of Officer Richards' motorcycle was wobbling just before he left the lane and collided with a guardrail near the Bothell Way exit. Officer David P. Richards died at the scene from extensive injuries. He was survived by his wife Marianne, and two daughters Eileen and Janice.


JOHN E. BARTLETT - End of Watch: March 9, 1968
Bartlett

Commission Date: January 2, 1959
Rank: Traffic Officer

On March 7, 1968, at about 9:30 PM, Seattle Police Officer John E. Bartlett was injured in the line of duty. Officer Bartlett stopped a traffic violator on Aurora Avenue North and North Motor Place. He was standing by the offender's door when a passing truck swerved around his patrol car and drove into the lane where he was standing. The truck mirror struck Officer Bartlett, throwing him ten feet. The suspect fled, but was arrested a short time later. Officer John E. Bartlett was taken to University Hospital, where he died at 4:42 PM on March 9, 1968. He was survived by his wife Barbara, his children Bruce and Karen, and his brother, Seattle Police Officer Bill Bartlett.


ROBERT R. ALLSHAW - End of Watch: November 11, 1968
Allshaw

Commission Date: March 27, 1959
Rank: Patrol Officer

On November 11, 1968, shortly after 8:00 PM, Seattle Police Officer Robert R. Allshaw was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Allshaw was at the scene of a robbery in progress at the IGA grocery store at 11552 15th Avenue Northeast. There were two suspects. Officer Allshaw managed to disarm and handcuff one before exchanging shots with the second suspect who was shot in the abdomen. As Officer Allshaw pushed his handcuffed prisoner into the view of other officers, he was tragically shot by one of those officers. Officer Robert R. Allshaw was taken to Northwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was survived by his wife Suzanne, daughter, Terry, and son, Daniel. All the suspects were captured.


ROBERT D. WARD - End of Watch: Died: May 15, 1969
Robert Ward

Commission Date: March 20, 1953
Rank: Patrol Sergeant

On May 15, 1969, at about 3:35AM, Seattle Police Sergeant Robert D. Ward was killed in the line of duty. Sergeant Ward, Officer Pankey, and Officer Greiner were patrolling in Sergeant Ward's vehicle. Upon hearing a vehicle pursuit, they proceeded into the area. When Sergeant Ward saw the suspect vehicle approaching, he activated his emergency lights. Suddenly, the suspect vehicle swerved into the patrol car's lane and the vehicles collided head on in the 1000 block of 1st Avenue South. The two passenger officers were severely injured, as was the passenger of the suspect vehicle. The driver of the suspect vehicle was killed. Sergeant Robert D. Ward was taken to Harborview County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead forty minutes later. He was survived by three children.


FRED D. CARR - End of Watch: February 25, 1973
Carr

Commission Date: March 1, 1971
Rank: Patrol Officer

On February 25, 1973, around 4:00 AM, Seattle Police Officer Fred D. Carr was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Carr and three other officers responded to a man with a shotgun call in the 600 block of 15th Avenue East. When they arrived at the house, a group of people met them outside, saying the individual with the gun was inside. After the officers entered the home, the suspect jumped from a hallway closet and opened fire. His shot did not hit any officer. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect, but a shotgun round fired by another officer hit Officer Carr. Officer Fred D. Carr died at the scene. He was survived by his parents, seven sisters, and three brothers.


JAMES M. FORBES - End of Watch: June 21, 1974
James Forbes

Commission Date: June 17, 1969
Rank: Police Helicopter Observer

On June 21, 1974, during the afternoon, Seattle Police Officer James M. Forbes died in the line of duty. Officer Forbes was a Police Helicopter Observer in "Air 3," which was piloted by Officer James St. Delore. The officers were responding to a shooting in the south end of the city. As they flew above Beacon Hill, the helicopter collided with a Cessna 150 that was landing at Boeing Field. The mid-air collision killed both officers and the two occupants of the plane. Officer James M. Forbes was survived by his wife Belva, sons John and Jack, and daughter Jennifer.


JAMES H. ST. DELORE - End of Watch: June 21, 1974
StDelore

Commission Date: March 2, 1970
Rank: Police Helicopter Pilot

On June 21, 1974, during the afternoon, Seatttle Police Officer James H. St. Delore died in the line of duty. Officer St. Delore was a Police Helicopter Pilot in "Air 3," and the Observer was Officer James M. Forbes. The officers were responding to a shooting in the south end of the city. As they flew above Beacon Hill, the helicopter collided with a Cessna 150 that was landing at Boeing Field. The mid-air collision killed both officers and the two occupants of the plane. Officer James H. St. Delore was survived by his wife Phyllis, son Jeffery, and daughter Jennifer.


JERRY L. WYANT - End of Watch: October 26, 1976
Wyant

Commission Date: December 11, 1967
Rank: Motorcycle Officer

On October 26, 1976, at about noon, Seattle Police Officer Jerry L. Wyant died in the line of duty. He was on patrol, riding his motorcycle, when he was hit by a delivery truck in the intersection of 1st Avenue South and South Dawson Street. Officer Wyant was thrown 22 feet. His motorcycle landed on top of him. Officer Jerry L. Wyant was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he died during surgery. He was survived by his wife Connie, a daughter Wendy, and two sons John and Steve.


DORIAN L. HALVORSON- End of Watch: September 24, 1976
Halverson

Commission Date: November 12, 1968
Rank: Patrol Officer

On September 23, 1976, around 11:30 PM, Seattle Police Officer Dorian L. Halvorson was shot in the line of duty. Officer Halvorson and two other officers responded to a call at a house in the 9200 block of 17th Avenue Southwest. Officers believed a young woman was at that address with the suspect from an earlier King County shooting incident, and that the woman might be in some danger. Officers arrived and approached the basement door. The door opened and the young woman stepped out. Officer Halvorson ran down the stairwell and pushed the woman up the stairs to safety. The suspect, standing just inside the doorway, shot the officer once in the head. The other officers returned fire. Officer Dorian L. Halvorson was rushed to Harborview Hospital where he died at 5:00 AM on September 24, 1976. He was survived by his wife Judy.


 
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