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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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My Great Uncle Fey was Norman's father. Norman was his only child and passed before I was born. My dad, Ron, and Norman were cousins. In 2005, my family had the honor of attending the ceremony where K.C. Sheriff Susan Rahr presented my father with Norman's Medal of Honor. We have it framed and hanging in our entry way. RIP cousin and thank you for your service.

Kim Silkworth
February 28, 2016


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