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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

Incident Date: 3/7/1952

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Suspect: 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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Thank you all for your kind words. Norm was my Mom's first husband. I was raised taking flowers to his grave and taught the importance of our law enforcement officers.

My Dad (Alvin G. Wilding, Ret. SPD) has always shown great respect for Norm.

As an adult I worked for King County (then) General Services. I had a boss that took me aside one day and explained that Norm had been working for him the night he was killed. That story changed my life and the way I see people

Sometimes God's plan doesn't make sense to us, but He is always in control. I am thankful that I found this site and am able to pay tribute to a man I had always wanted to meet.

Rest in peace and say hi to my Mom.

Tara Wilding - Herndon
Daughter of Al & Lotte Wilding
Lotte was Norm Silkworth's widow
My Mom & Norm are together now in Heaven
October 1, 2012

 

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