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Officer Henry A. Stotko | Spokane Police Department, Washington Spokane Police Department, Washington


Henry A. Stotko

Spokane Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 4, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Henry Stotko was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary on Post Street while walking home after his shift.

The suspects shot him, causing paralysis, and then dragged his body behind some bushes. Before they fled they took his badge from his chest and pinned it to the seat of his pants. The night watchman found him about an hour after the shooting. He was taken to Sacred Heart hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspects were later apprehended.

The shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

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On the 105th anniversary of Officer Stotko's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Stotko is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department
April 5, 2010


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