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We are building a list of Seattle Police Officers who died in the line of duty.  Thanks to Mike Severance we now have histories for over forty of these officers. 

Officer Timothy Brenton - 10/31/2009:  On the night of October 31, 2009, at approximately 10:00 pm, Officer Timothy Brenton and his partner, Officer Britt Sweeney, were both sitting in their patrol car following a traffic stop at 29th Avenue South and East Yesler Way in Seattle. Sweeney was sitting in the driver's seat with Brenton in the passenger seat. As they were debriefing the traffic stop they had just performed, a vehicle pulled up alongside their police car and someone inside instantly  opened fire with a rifle. Officer Sweeney suffered grazing injuries with at least one bullet ripping her shirt and striking her ballistic vest.   Brenton, meanwhile, was mortally wounded in the attack.

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Officer Joselito Barber - 8/13/2006:  On Sunday, August 13, 2006, at 4:09 AM, East Precinct Officer Joselito Barber was on routine patrol in the Central District. While entering the intersection of Yesler Street and 23rd Avenue on a green light, at approximately 4:00 am, a speeding SUV ran the red light and collided with his patrol car. The driver of the SUV was traveling at an estimated 80 mph on a city street.

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Officer Jackson Lone - 3/16/2005: On Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at about 0915 hours, Officer Jackson Lone and his partner of the Seattle Police Department's Harbor Patrol Unit responded to the Lake Washington Ship Canal between Fremont and Ballard to the report of a drifting tugboat.  The tugboat had broken free from its mooring.

Upon locating the tug, Officer Lone went ashore near the 3600 block of 3rd Avenue NW on the north side of the ship canal.  He was using a rope as he stood atop a sea wall when he slipped and fell into the water.  His partner, who had been using a police boat to push the tug towards shore, jumped into the water and pulled Officer Lone out.  However, by the time his partner was able to reach him, Officer Lone was under about six feet of water for eight to ten minutes.

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Officer Jerry Wyant - 10/26/1976: On October 26, 1976, shortly before noon, Officer Jerry Wyant was on-duty and performing his duties as a Seattle Police motorcycle officer. He was travelling northbound on 1st Ave. S. approaching S. Dawson St. A large delivery truck was eastbound on S. Dawson St. Its driver, John Yazzolino, had stopped at the stop sign at 1st Ave. S. The truck proceeded east through the intersection without yielding to Officer Wyant. It hit the police motorcycle.

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Officer Dorian Halvorsen - 9/24/1976:  On September 23, 1976 around 10:20 p.m., King County Police responded to a shots fired call at 12935 1st Ave. SW. Residents said several shots had been fired into the house by Gary M. Horton, 17, who then sped away in a car. A 12 year-old boy inside the house sustained a minor head wound. Horton had previously lived at the house as a foster child, and his girlfriend was at the house at the time of the shooting. Horton was upset with his girlfriend for some reason.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., Officer Dorian Halvorson, 30, and his partner, Officer Fred Still, were flagged down by two frantic women in the White Center area. One of the women was Horton’s girlfriend. The other woman was her mother. They told the officers about the shots incident being investigated by the King County Police. The girlfriend told the officers she believed Horton had her 16 year-old sister with him at a nearby house. She was afraid for her sister’s safety.

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Officer James St. Delore - 6/21/1974: 

On June 21, 1974, a patrol officer from the Georgetown Precinct was scheduled to be the Helicopter Observer on Air 3. He and Officer James M. Forbes, 28, from the Georgetown Precinct, had swapped days. Officer James H. St. DeLore, 31, was the pilot of Air 3.
 

Around 3:40 p.m., Air 3 was looking for a stolen vehicle around Empire Way S. (MLK Way S.) and S. Kenyon. SPD Communications received a disturbance call involving a weapon in the 9300 block of 37 Ave. S. Patrol units and Air 3 responded. Air 3 arrived overhead, and circled the scene twice. As the first patrol units were arriving at the scene around 3:45 p.m., Air 3 collided with a Cessna 150 airplane which was preparing to land at Boeing Field. The collision occurred at an altitude of about 800 feet. Air 3 and the Cessna both fell to the ground. The police helicopter hit the roof of a house at 9302 37 Ave. S. It came to rest in the front yard, and burst into flames. Both officers aboard Air 3 were killed upon impact with the ground. Both occupants of the Cessna were also killed.

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Officer James Forbes - 6/21/1974: 

On June 21, 1974, a patrol officer from the Georgetown Precinct was scheduled to be the Helicopter Observer on Air 3. He and Officer James M. Forbes, 28, from the Georgetown Precinct, had swapped days. Officer James H. St. DeLore, 31, was the pilot of Air 3.
 

Around 3:40 p.m., Air 3 was looking for a stolen vehicle around Empire Way S. (MLK Way S.) and S. Kenyon. SPD Communications received a disturbance call involving a weapon in the 9300 block of 37 Ave. S. Patrol units and Air 3 responded. Air 3 arrived overhead, and circled the scene twice. As the first patrol units were arriving at the scene around 3:45 p.m., Air 3 collided with a Cessna 150 airplane which was preparing to land at Boeing Field. The collision occurred at an altitude of about 800 feet. Air 3 and the Cessna both fell to the ground. The police helicopter hit the roof of a house at 9302 37 Ave. S. It came to rest in the front yard, and burst into flames. Both officers aboard Air 3 were killed upon impact with the ground. Both occupants of the Cessna were also killed.

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Officer Fred Carr - 2/25/1973:  During the early morning hours of February 25, 1973, a group of friends were engaged in a small-stakes card game at 606 15 Ave. East. David McMahon, 18, and a Franklin High School senior, ended up being the loser in the game. He did not take it well. He stormed out of the house. A friend went to calm him down, and ended up giving David a ride home. That friend returned to the house a short time later and warned all the occupants that David McMahon was walking back to the house with a shotgun. The Seattle Police were called. When officers arrived, David was not there. An area search for David produced nothing, and officers cleared the call. David arrived at the house about ten minutes after the officers had left. The Seattle Police were called again. Officer Fred Carr, his partner, Officer Ronald Sylve, and Officers David Orange and Percy Hill were dispatched to the call. They arrived shortly before 4:00 a.m.

 

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Sergeant Robert Ward - 5/151969: On May 15, 1969 around 3:25 a.m., Sgt. John Dempsey observed two men in a vehicle slowly pulling away from the Copper Door Tavern at 6601 E. Marginal Way S. When he discovered the back door had been forced open, he attempted to stop the vehicle. The car was driven by Michael R. DeVeau, 22, who was on parole for burglary. He refused to stop and sped off. Officer Mel McKenzie joined in the pursuit which reached speeds of 100 m.p.h.

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