Line of Duty Deaths - 2000's
Commission Date: March 16, 1965
Detective - Died: March 13, 2002
Gary Lindell spent a long career at with the Seattle Police Department, working as a Patrol Officer until he was promoted as a Detective in 1972. In 1997 he joined the mounted patrol (horse) unit. In March of 2000, Gary fell from his horse during a training exercise and sustained a head injury, requiring him to be hospitalized for three weeks in critical condition. Officer Lindell survived the accident, but the effects from the fall caused him to retire in November 1999. He came back to SPD as a civilian employee, working as an evidence warehouser and then a utility laborer. In March of 2002, lingering complications from his earlier head injury caused his death.
Jackson V. Lone
Commission Date: April 21, 1987
Harbor Patrol Officer - Died: March 16, 2005
On March 16, 2005, Harbor Patrol Officer Jackson V. Lone was responding to a call on the Lake Union waterway. He went ashore to tie off a tugboat and fell into the water. He was pulled from the water by his partner, and response crews from Harbor Patrol and the North Precinct begin to do CPR. Officer Lone was treated by the Seattle Police Department medics and then transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died. Officer Lone, 39 years of age and an 18-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, worked in a variety of assignments including patrol in the East Precinct, Narcotics Unit and Fugitive Warrants Unit, as well as a year-long assignment with the DEA Task Force.
Joselito A. "Lito" Barber
Commission Date: January 31, 2006
Patrol Officer - Died: August 13, 2006
On Sunday, August 13th, 2006, at 4:09AM, East Precinct Officer Officer Joselito Barber was on routine patrol in the Central District. While entering an intersection on a green light, a speeding SUV ran the red light and collided into his patrol car. Officer Barber was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He was 26 years old.
Timothy Q. Brenton
Commission Date: November 22, 2000
Patrol Officer - Died: October 31, 2009
On Saturday, October 31, 2009 Officer Timothy Q. Benton was sitting in the passenger seat of a patrol car with Officer Britt Sweeney parked at 29th and Yesler discussing a recent traffic stop. During this discussion a vehicle pulled alongside the patrol car and the suspect opened fire. Officer Brenton was killed instantly. Officer Sweeney was grazed in the back but was still able to get out of the patrol car and return fire.
Officer Brenton was 39 years old at the time of his death. He had served with the Seattle Police Department for nine years and previously with the La Conner Police Department. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.