Line of Duty Deaths - 1900's
Enoch E. Breece
Commission Date: 1898
Patrol Officer - Died: July 3, 1902
On July 3, 1902, in the evening hours, Seattle Police Officer Enoch E. Breece was shot and killed in the line of duty. Enoch Breece was one of dozens of law enforcement officers involved in a manhunt, searching for an escaped Oregon State Penitentiary convict. The escapee, who had already killed three officers and three civilians, fled to Washington and was pursued to the Seattle area. Following leads, Officer Breece, along with Deputy Game Warden Neil Rawley, searched the northern boundary of Woodland Park. Knowing the police were looking for him, the convict hid in nearby bushes. The suspect opened fire when the officers came into his view. Deputy Game Warden Rawley died several hours later. Officer Enoch E. Breece died at the scene.
Albert C. Schaneman
Commission Date: 1896
Patrol Officer - Died: September 15, 1903
On September 14, 1903, at 11:55PM, Seattle Police Officer Albert E. Schaneman was shot and killed in the line of duty. Patrolling at Occidental and Jackson Streets, he saw two men that he believed were wanted armed robbers. As Officer Schaneman approached, the suspects separated. One suspect confronted the officer while the other came from behind and shot him in the head. Two nearby officers heard the shot and ran to the scene, finding Officer Schaneman barely alive on the ground. One officer remained with his fallen comrade while the other officer pursued the suspects. One suspect was shot and wounded. The other suspect remained at large. A horse drawn patrol wagon took Officer Albert E. Schaneman to Police Headquarters, where he died at 12:17AM.
Matthias H. Rude
Commission Date: June 6, 1910
Patrol Officer - Died: September 24, 1910
On September 24, 1910, Seattle Police Officer Matthias H. Rude was stabbed and killed in the line of duty. At 10:00AM, Officer Rude was assisting other officers guarding 30 prisoners. The prisoners bad been escorted outside the downtown Seattle jail for a work detail. Without warning, one prisoner attacked Officer Rude, striking him in the head with a pick ax. The suspect had been serving a thirty day sentence for disorderly conduct. He was subdued at the scene. Officer Rude was taken to City Hospital where a team of doctors operated on him. Officer Matthias H. Rude died at 4:00PM.
Judson P. Davis
Commission Date: Unknown
Patrol Officer - Died: February 23, 1911
On February 23, 1911, at about 7:00PM, Seattle Police Officer Judson P. Davis was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Davis and his partner were patrolling an area of the city recently plagued by armed robberies and burglaries. They contacted two males for questioning at Boylston Avenue and Denny Way. When one of the suspects produced a handgun, Officer Davis went for his sidearm. He was shot, but managed to return fire. Officer Davis shot and killed one suspect, while his partner shot and wounded the other suspect. In all, 17 shots were exchanged. Officer Judson P. Davis died on the sidewalk from his wounds.
William H. Cunliffe
Commission Date: January 4, 1908
Patrol Officer - Died: June, 17 1911
On June 17, 1911, at about 1:42AM, Seattle Police Officer William H. Cunliffe was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Cunliffe was working his beat when he saw men acting suspiciously. As he walked up to the pair, one of the suspects shot him. Although wounded, he managed to fire three shots at the fleeing suspect. Officer William H. Cunliffe died at the scene. His murder remains unsolved.
Henry L. Harris
Commission Date: August 19, 1910
Patrol Officer - Died: July 4, 1911
On July 4, 1911, Seattle Police Officer Henry L. Harris was shot and killed in the line of duty. At about 9:00PM, Officer Harris was assigned to pedestrian traffic control duties in what is now referred to as the Pioneer Square section of Seattle. A crowd of about 2,000 gathered in the district to celebrate. As the officer directed traffic, a lone male approached him from behind, placed a revolver to his head, and fired. Officer Harris fell backward, pulled his service weapon, and fired 5 shots before collapsing. He was taken to City Hospital, Officer Henry L. Harris was pronounced dead at 10:00PM.
Arthur K. Ruckart
Commission Date: 1913
Patrol Officer - Died: December 27, 1914
On December 27, 1914, during the evening hours, Seattle Police Officer Arthur K. Rukart was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Rukart responded to a report of a despondent person in the 2000 block of West 31st Street. When he arrived, he saw a man on a porch with a shotgun in his hands. The officer called out to him, telling him he wanted to talk. Without comment, the man fired the shotgun, striking the officer. Officer Rukart returned fire, wounding the suspect. Officer Arthur K. Rukart died several hours later from his wounds.
Lawrence E. Kost
Commission Date: August 10, 1915
Patrol Officer - Died: December 12, 1915
On December 12, 1915, at about 11:45PM, Seattle Police Officer Lawrence E. Kost was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Kost was walking his beat near Boren Avenue and Terrance Street. He received information about an armed robbery at a nearby drug store. After obtaining the three suspects' descriptions, he began searching the area. Minutes later, he stopped the three men who resembled the robbers. One of the men produced a gun and shot the officer in the back. Officer Lawrence E. Kost died several days later.
John F. Weedin
Commission Date: Unknown
Patrol Sergeant - Died: July 24, 1916
On July 24, 1916, during the evening hours, Seattle Police Sergeant John F. Weedin was shot and killed in the line of duty. Sergeant Weedin and Officer Robert Wiley were traveling in a police automobile when a citizen stopped them to report that he had been accosted by a man with a gun. Officer Wiley exited the car and approached the subject in the 2100 block of Westlake Avenue. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Officer Wiley. The gunman then turned the weapon on Sergeant Weedin, shooting him. Officer Wiley returned fire and killed the suspect. Officer Wiley died at the hospital a week later. Sergeant John F. Weedin died on arrival at the hospital.
Commission Date: December 20, 1913
Motorcycle Officer - Died: July 24, 1916
On July 24, 1916, during the evening hours, Seattle Police Officer Robert R. Wiley wash shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Wiley and Sergeant Weedin were traveling in a police automobile when a citizen stopped them to report that he had been accosted by a man with a gun. Officer Wiley exited the car and approached the subject in the 2100 block of Westlake Avenue. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Officer Wiley. The gunman then turned the weapon on Sergeant Weedin, shooting him. Officer Wiley returned fire and killed the suspect. Sergeant John F. Weedin died on arrival at the hospital. Officer Robert R. Wiley was taken to Providence Hospital where he died a week later.
Commission Date: December, 1913
Motorcycle Officer - Died: September 24, 1919
On September 24, 1919 at about 3:30AM, Seattle Police Officer Edwin Wilson died in the line of duty. Officer Wilson has completed a call involving shots fired and was returning to headquarters. Traveling westbound in the 1200 block of Madison Street, he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pole. He was taken by patrol wagon to Providence Hospital. Officer Edwin Wilson died of massive injuries less than an hour later.