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Officer Patrick Martin Maher | Federal Way Police Department, Washington Federal Way Police Department, Washington


Patrick Martin Maher

Federal Way Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Saturday, August 2, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 126

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Patrick Maher was shot and killed after breaking up a fight between two brothers and one of the brother's ex-girlfriend.

Officer Maher was dispatched at approximately 1020 hours to a convenience store on an unrelated assignment, when he saw a fight in a parking lot between three people. After the officer broke up the fight, one of the male participants fled on foot across a street leaving the jurisdiction of the city of Federal Way. He fled into the neighboring city of Kent, where he attempted to escape from Officer Maher by climbing a fence.

Officer Maher ran after this male and caught up with him and was able to pull him down from the fence. In the ensuing struggle, the male gained control of Officer Maher's firearm. The male then pointed the gun at his brother and ex-girlfriend. In an attempt to disarm the suspect, Officer Maher lunged at the male, but was shot in the abdomen just below the edge of his bullet resistant vest.

After Officer Maher was shot, the brother jumped on the male's back and held him until other officers arrived. The male was arrested by members of the Kent Police Department and charged with murder. He plead guilty on October 21, 2005 to first-degree murder and on December 9, 2005, he was sentenced to 30 years.

Officer Maher was transported to Harbor View Medical Center where he later died from his wound.

Officer Maher had served with the Federal Way Police Department for seven months, and had previously served in Hawaii for seven years with the Honolulu Police Department. Prior to that, he served for 20 years in the United States Coast Guard. He is survived by his wife and three children. His oldest son was killed in a car accident on January 4, 2004, only 5 months after Officer Maher was murdered.

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I just read a reflection left for a Plainville, MA Officer with the last name of Maher. The reflection was left by a citizen of Washington State who referenced you, Officer Maher. I had to look you up.

First off, you showed great courage and it's apparent, you lived your entire life putting yourself in harms for the sake of others.

Secondly, I have to admire the brother of your murderer. No doubt in my mind he knew what the right thing to do was and did it, in spite of it being his own brother he was restraining and sending to jail.

Third, my hat is off to the Kent Police for such a quick response. Though your life was not saved, the valiant response not only got you help quicker, but probably saved other lives since the murderer could have broken free.

Lastly, my heart is breaking at the thought of your son passing so soon after you. No doubt your family was devastated at the loss of you, but to have that pain compounded in such a depressing way is mind boggling.

Did God see the need to reunite you two so soon. Only you and he know the answer to that.

I hope and pray that the grief has lessened in the 12 years since these tragic events, though I'm sure the pain is still a dull ache for all who knew and loved you, Brother.

God Bless, may your peaceful rest be eternal and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
November 2, 2015


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