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Deputy Sheriff Wesley F. Cherry | King County Sheriff's Office, Washington King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

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Wesley F. Cherry

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, March 6, 1853

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/5/1853

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Cherry was shot and killed while searching for murder suspects.

Deputy Cherry and the County Sheriff were part of a posse searching for a group of suspects wanted for murder. The posse traveled by canoe and apprehended the suspects on Holmes Beach. As they were taking the suspects into custody, they were ambushed. Deputy Cherry was shot and died the next day. Two other Deputies were wounded, but later recovered.

Deputy Cherry had served with the King County Sheriff's Office for one day.

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Deputy Cherry's final resting place is Lake View Cemetery in Seattle. Between 1854 and 1887, his remains were buried four times in four different cemeteries. There is now a memorial bench in Lake View Cemetery honoring Deputy Cherry, the first Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty in Washington.

Officer Mike Severance #2866
Seattle Police Department (Retired)
April 7, 2016

 

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