Retired Seattle Police Officers Association
 

Officer Judson Davis - 2/23/1911: 

The local newspapers called it a carnival of crime, a rash of armed robberies and burglaries in the Broadway area during the early evening hours. The SPD decided to try some plain clothes patrols. On February 23, 1911 around 6:00 p.m., Officer Judson P. Davis, 31, was at police headquarters getting ready for one of those plain-clothes assignments. Davis and Officer Herbert C. Smith would be walking the Broadway area in the hope of catching some of the people responsible for the crime spree. The assignment was to end at 8:00 p.m. Davis and Smith were close friends. Smith’s wife had recently died, and he had moved in with Davis who was living at the Baxter Hotel, 518 Pike St.

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Officer Mathais Rude - 9/24/1910:  On Saturday morning, September 24, 1910, a detail of about 30 prisoners from the Seattle stockade were working in the stockade yard. The stockade was at the east end of the Yesler Building, 400 Yesler, which also housed City Hall, Police Headquarters, and City Hospital. They were being guarded and supervised by four Seattle police officers assigned as stockade guards. One of those guards was Officer Mathias N. Rude, 44. Officer Rude was standing to the left side of prisoner R. Ladovitch, 42. Rude bent over to move a rock. While the officer was bent over, Ladovitch, without any warning or provocation, struck Rude in the head with a mattock, a tool similar to a pick axe but having a wide blade used for loosening soil. Officer Rude fell to the ground.

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Officer Albert Shaneman - 9/13/1903:  During the evening of Saturday, September 12, 1903, the Villard House Saloon at 131 Yesler was robbed by three armed males. Officer Albert C. Schaneman, 36, was one of the officers to investigate that robbery. The officer believed he had seen the three suspects earlier in the evening. The next night, Sunday, September 13, 1903, as midnight approached, Officer Schaneman was walking his beat in what is now the Occidental Park area. Officer Schaneman left the Labor Exchange, a saloon on Washington St. near Railroad Ave. He went to 1st Ave. and turned south. Witnesses reported he was walking quickly with a determined look on his face. He was not stopping to talk to people as was his habit.

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Officer Enoch Breece - 7/3/1902: The outlaw, Harry Tracy, is said to have been a survivor of the Butch Cassidy Gang. He was serving a 20 year sentence in the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. On June 9, 1902, after somehow obtaining a pistol, Harry Tracy, 25, and fellow convict and brother-in-law, David Merrill, made a daring escape. In the process, Tracy killed three prison guards. The two escapees managed to elude hundreds of law enforcement officers for many days before they crossed the Columbia River near Vancouver and entered Washington. Somewhere near Napavine, Tracy and Merrill had a quarrel and decided to duel.

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Officer Thomas Roberts - 4/10/1898:  Around 2:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1898, Officers Thomas L. Roberts, 35, and George E. Deigh were walking their beat in the area of 18 Ave. and Jefferson St. It was cold outside, and both officers were wearing warm civilian coats. The officers encountered two men on foot. They were stopped and questioned as to why they were in the neighborhood. One of the men drew a pistol and, at very close range, shot Officer Thomas in the abdomen. Thomas fell to the ground. The second suspect immediately ran away. Officer Deigh and the gunman exchanged shots until both their pistols were empty. The gunman ran away. Officer Deigh, although wounded, went door to door seeking aid for his partner. Officer Roberts died at the scene. Officer Deigh recovered.

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