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Justice of the Peace Audley Anderson Galbraith | Whatcom County Courts, Washington Whatcom County Courts, Washington

Justice of the Peace

Audley Anderson Galbraith

Whatcom County Courts, Washington

End of Watch: Thursday, January 5, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Justice of the Peace Audley Galbraith was shot and killed in Acme, Washington, by two ex-convicts who had just stolen two pairs of work boots.

A citizen had informed Justice Galbraith of the theft and then accompanied him to arrest the men. When Justice Galbraith located them he informed them they were under arrest. Both men suddenly jumped up and opened fire, mortally wounding Justice Galbraith and the citizen. Despite the wound, the citizens was able to return fire and wounded one of the men while the other man fled. The subject who was shot was sentenced to life in prison but was later pardoned.

Justice Galbraith was survived by his wife and six children.

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Many thanks to Washington State historian Rae Ann Victor for researching Justice Gailbraith's death and ensuring that his memory will now endure.

Sheriff Bill Elfo
Sheriff of Whatcom County
November 29, 2013

 

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