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Deputy Sheriff Norman F. Silkworth | King County Sheriff's Office, Washington King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

Norman F. Silkworth

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch: Friday, March 7, 1952

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Silkworth was shot and killed when he and three other deputies responded to a robbery call at the Inglewood Golf and Country Club. Several suspects had tied up several employees and robbed them. One of the employees was able to free himself and went to his office to retrieve his handgun and call the police.

When the deputies arrived the victim thought it was the robbers returning and opened fire, striking Deputy Silkworth three times, killing him. Two of the other deputies were wounded.

The employee pled guilty to manslaughter and received a deferred sentence as long as he never possessed a firearm again. Five men and three women were charged with the burglary. Four of the suspects were never apprehended.

Deputy Silkworth had served with the agency for 14 months. He was survived by his wife.

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Tara, I hope you get this memo. My name is Sue Randecker Cone. My Dad, Bill Randecker was Norm's partner, and was also shot that terrible morning! I also knew your Dad. He was a good man as well. I well remember stories my Dad would tell about that morning. He said about an hour before they got the call, they were parked, with no calls to respond to, waiting for their shift to be over. He said Norm, out of the "blue" started whistling or singing "Nearer my God to Thee". And when they arrived at the Club, Norm told my Dad that he would go in first (sideways), cuz he was SO skinny they would MISS him with any bullets. My Mom and Dad LOVED your Mom (and Grandma). We went on many day trips together. I was just a little girl. It's very sweet that you honor Norm ... or "Silky" as we knew him.

Sue Cone
Daughter of Norm's Partner, Bill Randecker
March 16, 2015

 

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