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Jailer Ernest Runke | Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Washington Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Washington


Ernest Runke

Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch: Thursday, September 19, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 70

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 7/27/1957

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Not available

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Jailer Runke succumbed to injuries received two months earlier when he was attacked in the Lewis County Jail. He was passing out dinner when three inmates assaulted him with a broom handle and hot coffee. He remained hospitalized for two months until his death.

The 18 year-old suspects were convicted of escape, assault, two counts of burglary and grand larceny and sentenced to 80 years in prison. When Jailer Runke died they were each charged with manslaughter.

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Jailer Runke, as a lifetime resident of Lewis County I want to thank you for serving our County so many years ago. You died one year before I was born but it would have been an honor to have known you. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Mike McAllister
September 19, 2017


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