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Police Officer Arthur K. Ruckart | Seattle Police Department, Washington Seattle Police Department, Washington

Police Officer

Arthur K. Ruckart

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, December 27, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 27

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/24/1914

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and arrested

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Police Officer Arthur Ruckart was shot and killed after responding to a prowler call at a home at 2039 West 61st Street.

While searching the area he observed a man on the back porch of a home and called out to him, but received no response. As Officer Ruckart continued to search the yard the man on the porch, who was the home's owner, opened fire with a shotgun and struck Officer Ruckart. Officer Ruckart returned fire and struck the subject in the nose.

Officer Ruckart died three days later while undergoing surgery to amputate his leg.

The subject claimed that he did not recognize Officer Ruckart and believed he was a chicken thief. He was not charged.

Officer Ruckart was single and had served with the Seattle Police Department for 18 months.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 97th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 27, 2011

 

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