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Patrol Officer Michael W. Marshall | Omak Police Department, Washington Omak Police Department, Washington

Patrol Officer

Michael W. Marshall

Omak Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Thursday, March 26, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 404

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/25/1998

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Officer Michael W. Marshall was shot and killed while questioning a man at a disturbance call that occurred at a local hotel.

Despite several warnings, the man refused to remove his hands from his pockets as Officer Marshall and another officer were attempting to talk to him. He suddenly pulled out a handgun from one of his pockets and shot Officer Marshall in the head.

The other officer returned fire and struck the suspect several twice in the torso. As the officer began handcuffing the suspect the man suddenly pulled another gun out of his other pocket and shot the officer in the groin. The officer was able to take control of the suspect before beginning CPR on Officer Marshall.

Officer Marshall was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Harborview Hospital in Seattle where he died at 3:18 am the following morning.

The suspect was admitted to the same hospital in critical condition. In February 2000 the suspect was convicted of Officer Marshall's murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was sentenced to an additional 36 years in prison for the attempted murder of the second officer.

Officer Marshall had served with the Omak Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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hard to believe you have been gone for sixteen years. I miss you every day, but know you are my angel always watching over me. It has been a struggle to forgive Juan Gonzales for taking you away from our family. I have found forgiveness, however I cannot find the courage to let it go. He took a part of me, my family. He damaged my family, and many in the community. I know someday I will see you again, and our family will be reunited. Until that day, I love you and miss you daily Uncle Mike. 404 Gone, but not forgotten. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends John 15:13

J. Reynolds,
Niece
March 27, 2014

 

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