Retired Seattle Police Officers Association
 

Officer Neil McMillan - 1/24/1921:  On January 21, 1921 around 8:45 p.m., two Seattle police officers were walking their beat on Broadway Ave. N. Officer William Angle, 26, and his partner, Officer Neil McMillan, 29, were experiencing a routine and uneventful shift. Neil McMillan had been commissioned as an officer just 17 days earlier, and it was his first night on the beat. Angle had just used a call box to “ring in”, something beat officers did hourly when they checked in with their precinct’s patrol clerk.

The officers were walking on the west side of Broadway and south of Mercer St. when Angle spotted John Smith. Something about Smith seemed suspicious to Angle who told his partner he was going to “shake” the guy. The officers didn’t know that Smith was a career criminal who had robbed a Spokane Bank two days earlier.

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Officer William Angle - 1/22/1921:  On January 21, 1921 around 8:45 p.m., two Seattle police officers were walking their beat on Broadway Ave. N. Officer William Angle, 26, and his partner, Officer Neil McMillan, 29, were experiencing a routine and uneventful shift. Neil McMillan had been commissioned as an officer just 17 days earlier, and it was his first night on the beat. Angle had just used a call box to “ring in”, something beat officers did hourly when they checked in with their precinct’s patrol clerk.

The officers were walking on the west side of Broadway and south of Mercer St. when Angle spotted John Smith. Something about Smith seemed suspicious to Angle who told his partner he was going to “shake” the guy. The officers didn’t know that Smith was a career criminal who had robbed a Spokane Bank two days earlier.

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Officer James O'Brien - 1/21/1921:  On January 21, 1921 around 8:45 p.m., two Seattle police officers were walking their beat on Broadway Ave. N. Officer William Angle, 26, and his partner, Officer Neil McMillan, 29, were experiencing a routine and uneventful shift. Neil McMillan had been commissioned as an officer just 17 days earlier, and it was his first night on the beat. Angle had just used a call box to “ring in”, something beat officers did hourly when they checked in with their precinct’s patrol clerk.

The officers were walking on the west side of Broadway and south of Mercer St. when Angle spotted John Smith. Something about Smith seemed suspicious to Angle who told his partner he was going to “shake” the guy. The officers didn’t know that Smith was a career criminal who had robbed a Spokane Bank two days earlier.

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Officer Volney Stevens - 1/14/1921:  On the morning of Friday, January 14, 1921, Mr. Joseph Stevens, who lived on Logan Ave., called the Ballard Police Station to report an abandoned vehicle which was parked on 32 Ave. W. midway between W. McGraw and Magnolia Blvd. It was near the spot where the Howe Street Bridge crosses over 32 Ave. W. The vehicle had reportedly been there for at least two days. What the caller did not know is that the vehicle had been stolen several days earlier from in front of a Federal Ave. residence. It had been stolen by a gang of four very bad men who were responsible for a string of robberies and burglaries from Bellingham to Enumclaw. They were Creighton Dodge, 21, Ward Daniels, 19, Louis Madsen, 18, and Clifford. A. Brown, 20.

 Officer Volney L. Stevens, 46, and Sgt. Edward Herald were dispatched from the Ballard Station. Shortly after they left the station, Mr. B.T. Pickett called. He was a caretaker at Carleton Park. He reported seeing four suspicious men with suitcases in the area of the Howe Street Bridge. Pickett was told that officers were on their way to a call in the same area. He was instructed to go meet the officers. Police cars at the time did not have radios.  Officer Stevens and Sgt. Herald were unaware of this new information.

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Officer Edwin Wilson - 11/24/1919: On Wednesday morning, September 24, 1919 at 3:10 a.m., Mr. H. N. Bell called Seattle Police. He had been waiting for a friend at the corner of 21st Ave. and Madison St. when he saw two men get into a violent argument. One of them drew a pistol and fired a shot. The two subjects ran away when Bell yelled at them.

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