Retired Seattle Police Officers Association
 

Officer Fred Ivey - 5/10/1928: On May 10, 1928, shortly after 10:00 p.m., the Bartell Drug Store at 2nd Ave. and Pike St. was robbed by a lone armed male. Mr. Jack Howell was a customer in the store at the time. The robber took about $50 from the cash register and left. Howell decided to follow him. The suspect went north on 2nd Ave., and then east on Pine St. In the 200 block of Pine St., Howell flagged down a Mr. Conley in an automobile. Conley agreed to assist. As they continued to follow the suspect, they were looking for a police officer. At 4th Ave. and Pine St., the suspect got onto a northbound Wallingford street car. Howell and Conley followed the street car to Times Square, and still had not seen a police officer. They stopped, and Howell ran inside a drug store to call the police. Before he could do that, Conley ran into the store to say he had found an officer. It was Officer Fred Ivey, 49.

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Officer Robert Litsey - 9/25/1924: On September 25, 1924 around 6:45 a.m., Officer Robert L. Litsey, 57, was walking his beat. Ed Nickelsen, the watchman for the public market at 7th and Pine, contacted the officer, and told him three men had entered the rooming house at 1609 7th Avenue. The watchman thought they looked suspicious. Officer Litsey went to see what the three men were doing. As he entered the back of the rooming house, he observed a man sitting at the top of a staircase. Two other men were standing behind that subject. Officer Litsey asked the men what they were doing. One of the men drew a pistol and fired multiple shots. One bullet struck Litsey in the abdomen. Another struck him in a hand. Litsey fell to the floor. The three suspects ran down the stairs, past the officer, and out the door. Officer E. N. Johnson was nearby, and heard the shots. He saw the three suspects running. He pursued them. As the three men ran past 7th Ave. and Union St., one of them threw a .32 caliber pistol into a pile of sawdust on a truck bed. It was recovered later.

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Officer Amos Comer - 7/5/1924:  On July 4, 1924, during the evening hours, Mr. E. M. Martini, manager of the Business Mens Club at 614 ½ S. Jackson St., called police headquarters and reported a male was inside the club creating a disturbance. The suspect had told J. H. Fears, the cook at the club, that he would shoot the first guy that bothered him. Martini provided a description of the suspect, but not the suspect’s name. The suspect was L. E. Mosley, an ex-convict who was released from Walla Walla Penitentiary one month earlier.

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Officer Arthur Luntsford - 1/15/23:  During the evening of Monday, January 15, 1923, SPD Sgt. L. W. Miller was contacted by Mr. Walter C. Rouff. He told Miller he had been walking downtown when he was approached by two men and asked if he wanted to assist them in committing a $1,000 robbery. One of the men was wearing a sailor’s uniform. Around 11:15 p.m., Sgt. Miller met with Officers Arthur Luntsford, 44, and G. D. Bilodeau at 1st Ave. and Pike Street. Miller instructed the officers to take Rouff with them, and go find the suspects. The officers started towards 1st Ave. and Pine Street. When they reached that intersection, Rouff pointed out two men across the street, and told the officers they were the men who had approached him. Luntsford and Bilodeau went across the street and arrested the two. Neither suspect was searched for weapons. One suspect was George H. Gilman, 35. He was wearing a sailor uniform. Gilman was a former boatswain’s mate on the Coast Guard cutter Bear. The other suspect was Carl Thorkelsen, 23.

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Officer Charles Legate - 5/17/1922:

On March 17, 1922, Officer Charles Legate was found dead inside of a car parked in the Main Street Garage, located in the 1200 block of Main Street.
 
The suspects had manipulated the crime scene to make it appear as if Officer Legate had committed suicide.  A coroner’s jury even determined his death was a suicide.  However, after a full investigation and a special grand jury was convened, the evidence showed that Officer Legate was murdered. 
 
He had been beaten about the head with the butt of a pistol and then shot twice.
 
No suspects were ever identified and the case remains unsolved.

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