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Officer Timothy Q. Brenton | Seattle Police Department, Washington Seattle Police Department, Washington

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Timothy Q. Brenton

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 6699

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car.

The officer was sitting in the passenger seat of a patrol car with a trainee discussing a just completed traffic stop near the corner of 29th Avenue and East Yesler Way when a vehicle pulled alongside the patrol car and an occupant opened fire. Officer Brenton was killed instantly. His trainee officer was grazed in the back by one shot. She was able to get out of the patrol car, return fire several times at the fleeing vehicle, and call for additional units.

At the conclusion of Officer Brenton's public memorial service, detectives were following up on a tip, specifically of a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle seen at the incident, at an apartment in the city of Tukwila. The detectives confronted a person of interest as he stepped outside from his apartment and approached the vehicle. The man pulled a gun and was shot and wounded before being taken into custody.

The 41-year-old suspect was also charged with the firebombing of Seattle police vehicles at a city maintenance facility nine days earlier. On July 23, 2015, he was convicted of murder, attempted murder, and arson and sentenced to life.

Officer Brenton had served with the Seattle Police Department for nine years and previously with the La Conner Police Department. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, father, step-mother, brother, and sister. His father and uncle are retired Seattle police officers.

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Tim, your sacrifice has not been forgotten. I once heard a police chief eulogize another fallen brother by saying he didn't loose his life, he gave it! You gave your life in the service of the citizens and visitors to Seattle. You made the choice to put your uniform on day in and day out and take a stand against evil...and for that you will never be forgotten!

Rest easy brother, we have the watch!

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Seattle Police Department
November 1, 2015

 

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