Line of duty deaths 2000 - 2009
Commission Date: March 16, 1965
Gary Lindell spent a long career at with the Seattle Police Department, working as a Patrol Officer until he was promoted to Detective in 1972. In 1997 he joined the mounted patrol (horse) unit. In March of 1999, Gary fell from his horse during a training exercise and sustained a head injury, requiring him to be hospitalized for three weeks in critical condition. Officer Lindell survived the accident, but the effects from the fall caused him to retire in November 1999. He came back to SPD as a civilian employee, working as an evidence warehouser and then a utility laborer. In March of 2002, lingering complications from his earlier head injury caused his death. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, three children, and two granddaughters.
Commission Date: April 21, 1987
Rank: Harbor Patrol Officer
On March 16, 2005, Harbor Patrol Officer Jackson Lone was responding to a call on the Lake Union waterway. He went ashore to tie off a tugboat and fell into the water. He was pulled from the water by his partner, and response crews from Harbor Patrol and the North Precinct began CPR. Officer Lone was treated by the Seattle Fire Department medics at the scene and then transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died. Officer Lone, 39 years of age and an 18-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, worked in a variety of assignments including patrol in the East Precinct, Narcotics Unit and Fugitive Warrants Unit, as well as a year-long assignment with the DEA Task Force. Officer Lone is survived by his wife and his 18-month old son.
Commission Date: January 31, 2006
Rank: Patrol Officer
On Sunday, August 13, 2006, at 4:09 AM, East Precinct Officer Joselito Barber was on routine patrol in the Central District. While entering an intersection on a green light, a speeding SUV ran the red light and collided with his patrol car. Officer Barber was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He was 26 years old.
A recent graduate of the police academy, Officer Barber was commissioned as a police officer on Jan 31, 2006. Officer "Lito" Barber was described by his family as loving his job as a police officer, and that joining the SPD was a realization of his goals. Friends remember him as kind-hearted and “always smiling.” Fellow officers remember Officer Barber as caring, conscientious and enthusiastic. Officer Barber’s sudden and tragic loss will be greatly felt in the community he served and he will be deeply missed by his large network of family, friends and co-workers.
Commission Date: December 18, 2000
Rank: Patrol Officer
On Saturday, October 31, 2009 Field Training Officer Timothy Brenton was discussing a just completed traffic stop with his trainee, Officer Britt Sweeney, at the corner of 29th Avenue and East Yesler Way. A vehicle approaching from the rear pulled alongside the patrol car. Occupant(s) of this vehicle opened fire on the officers, killing Officer Brenton instantly. Officer Sweeney suffered grazing injuries with at least one bullet ripping her shirt and ballistic vest. She was able to broadcast the situation on her radio, get out of the patrol car, and return fire several times.
Officer Brenton comes from a family dedicated to public service; his father and uncle are both retired Seattle Police Officers and his brother in law is a Seattle Firefighter. Officer Brenton first served in the US Army as a veteran of the first Gulf War, followed by service in the Hoquiam and La Connor Police Departments. In 2000, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of following in his father’s footsteps by joining the Seattle Police Department.
Office Brenton is remembered for his quick wit and intelligence. He loved being a police officer and loved sharing his knowledge with others through Field Training. He is survived by his wife, an 11-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son.