Officer David Sires - 10/13/1881: The Washington Territorial Legislature gave the Town of Seattle its first charter in 1869. The first ordinance passed by the seven-member Seattle Common Council vested the power of arrest in the City Marshal. In archived documents, some written by people living in Seattle in 1881, David Sires is referred to as town marshal, police officer, and patrolman. In 1880, the population of Seattle was 3,553 people.
During the hours of darkness on October 12, 1881, Officer David M. Sires was in a saloon near 2nd Ave. and Washington Street. James Smith owned the saloon, and he also owned the Bijou Theatre. It is unknown if Officer Sires was on-duty or off-duty, but he was not in uniform. Shots were fired outside the saloon, and Officer Sires went to investigate. Several people outside the saloon pointed to a man, Benjamin Payne, as the person who had fired the shots. Officer Sires went after Payne. As the two got to 3rd Ave. and Mill St. (Yesler), Payne fired one shot. The bullet struck Sires in the throat, and he fell to the street