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Officer Paul Andrew Trent | Tacoma Police Department, Washington Tacoma Police Department, Washington

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Paul Andrew Trent

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, November 23, 1941

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Age: 43

Tour: 8 years

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Military veteran

Cause: Automobile crash

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Officer Paul Trent and Officer Martin Joyce, both of the Tacoma Police Department, and Deputy Lawrence Bunce, and Deputy Arthur Varco, both of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, were killed when their two patrol cars collided at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Pacific Avenue. The deputies were responding to an accident and the officers were responding to an attempted suicide. Officer Joyce succumbed to his injuries two days later. The other three officers were killed instantly.

Officer Trent was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Tacoma Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Bunce
Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington
End of Watch: Sunday, November 23, 1941
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Cause: Automobile crash

Officer Martin J. Joyce
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End of Watch: Tuesday, November 25, 1941
Cause: Automobile crash

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