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Sergeant Jimmie Hugh Rutledge | Berkeley Police Department, California Berkeley Police Department, California

Sergeant

Jimmie Hugh Rutledge

Berkeley Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, June 16, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 23 years

Badge # S-15

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Jimmie Rutledge was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a prowler.

Officers had responded to the scene but were unable to find the prowler. Sergeant Rutledge remained on the scene and the suspect returned. As he attempted to arrest the man the suspect began to struggle and gained control of Sergeant Rutledge's weapon. After shooting him the suspect took hostages in a nearby home. The suspect killed a four-year-old hostage before being shot and killed by other officers.

Sergeant Rutledge was a WWII veteran and served with the Berkeley Police Department for 23 years.

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