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Robbery suspects murder Seattle Police Officer Volney L. Stevens on January 14, 1921

By David Wilma, May 23, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3812

On January 14, 1921, four robbery suspects murder Seattle Police Officer Volney Lewis Stevens (1874-1921) on Magnolia Bluff. The suspects kidnap Stevens's partner in their police car, but return the officer to where they left Stevens. The suspects are captured as they attempt to flee in a rowboat.

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Armed robbers kill King County Sheriff's Deputy Robert C. Scott on April 4, 1920

By Dave Wilma, May 01, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3756

On April 4, 1920, King County Sheriff's Deputy Robert C. Scott is shot and killed by armed robbers on Rainier Avenue near Cloverdale Station. Deputy Scott and four other deputies encounter two masked men who are systematically flagging down and robbing motorists at gunpoint. After the officer is shot, the bandits take two motorists hostage and speed away in their automobile. One robber kills the other in an argument.

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Seattle Police Officer Lawrence E. Kost is fatally shot by robbery suspects on December 10, 1915

By David Wilma, May 18, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3786

On December 10, 1915, Seattle Police Officer Lawrence E. Kost (1892-1915) is fatally shot by armed robbery suspects.

Officer Kost was walking a foot beat near Boren Avenue and Terrace Street with a civilian friend, Lyle Smith, just before midnight on December 10. Kost had been with the Seattle Police Department for only a few months. The officer spotted three men he had reason to believe had just robbed a pharmacy for narcotics. Kost attempted to arrest all three by himself. In the struggle, Kost was shot in the back. Kost's companion used a call box to summon help.

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Officer Henry L. Harris is shot and killed in Pioneer Square on July 4, 1911

By Dave Wilma, May 16, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3775

On July 4, 1911, Seattle Police Officer Henry L. Harris (1882-1911) is shot and killed in Pioneer Square by an unknown assailant. Investigating officers are hindered by large numbers of intoxicated and antagonistic Fourth of July revelers. The crime is never solved.

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Officer William H. Cunliffe is murdered on June 17, 1911

By David Wilma, May 23, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3809

On June 17, 1911, Seattle Police Officer William H. Cunliffe (1866-1911) is shot and killed by unknown assailants on First Hill.

Officer Cunliffe was on foot patrol in the area of Summit Avenue and Columbia Street in the early morning hours of June 17. There had been several residential burglaries in the area the night before. The officer stopped one or possibly two men he found on the street and he was shot. The nature of his wound suggested that he was talking to someone when he was shot from the side.

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Burglary suspect murders Seattle Police Officer Judson P. Davis on February 23, 1911

By Dave Wilma, May 23, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3808

On February 23, 1911, burglary suspect John Ford murders Officer Judson P. Davis (1878-1911) on Capitol Hill. Ford will die two days later of wounds received from Davis's partner.

Officer Davis and his partner and roommate Officer Herbert C. Smith were working on foot in plain clothes on Denny Way near Boylston Avenue. They were looking for suspects who had committed armed robberies in the neighborhood. They spotted John Ford and Axel Nist and approached them. Ford and Nist opened fire on the officers with pistols. Davis and Smith were both hit, as was Ford. Nist fled on foot and Smith gave chase. Davis and Ford fell to the ground and continued to fire at each other in a "grim, gutter level duel" (Brasfield, 21). Davis died at the scene.

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City jail prisoner R. L. Ladovich murders Seattle Police Officer Matthias H. Rude on September 24, 1910

By David Wilma, May 20, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3802

On September 24, 1910, city jail prisoner R. L. Ladovich murders Seattle Police Officer Matthias H. Rude (1865-1910).

Officer Rude and another officer were supervising a work detail of 30 prisoners from the city stockade. Prisoner R. L. Ladovich attacked Officer Rude with a mattock, striking him in the head.

Ladovich was serving a sentence for theft. Officer Rude died that same day.

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Robbery suspects murder Kent town marshal Harry E. Miller on April 10, 1908

By David Wilma, May 17, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3797

On April 10, 1908, three armed robbery suspects murder the Kent town marshal, Harry E. Miller. A posse of citizens capture the killers after a gun battle. All the robbers are sentenced to life imprisonment. (Kent is a King County community located 15 miles southeast of Seattle.)

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Robbery suspects murder Officer Albert C. Schaneman on September 13, 1903

By David Wilma, May 20, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3804

On September 13, 1903, two robbery suspects murder Seattle Police Officer Albert C. Schaneman (1867-1903) in the Pioneer Square area. Read more »

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