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Detective Harry W. Vosper | Seattle Police Department, Washington Seattle Police Department, Washington

Detective

Harry W. Vosper

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Thursday, July 21, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Harry Vosper was shot and killed by a barricaded suspect.

The suspect had assaulted his wife and shot two neighbors because he was angry over a court decision not to rescind his $50 monthly support payment to his estranged wife. The suspect exchanged gunfire with officers. When he refused to surrender, tear gas was shot inside the house. The suspect then ran out of the house shooting. One of the officers was shot and Detective Vosper stepped in front of that officer to shield him from further gunfire, when the suspect shot and killed him. The suspect was shot and killed by other officers.

Detective Vosper had been a member of the Seattle Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.

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There is a dedication to this fallen officer at the end of the radio series Dragnet Episode 13 . I am a former Met Police Detective from London, UK and thought it was apt to mention it here on his memorial page.
I was fortunate to spend 34 years working with similar colleagues, gone but not forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Detective Chief Inspector (rt)
Met Police London
March 4, 2014

 

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