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Police Officer Enoch E. Breece | Seattle Police Department, Washington Seattle Police Department, Washington

Police Officer

Enoch E. Breece

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Thursday, July 3, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/3/1902

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Not available

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Police Officer Enoch Breece was one of six officers shot and killed by an escaped convict associated with the Butch Cassidy Gang.

Officer Breece had served with the Seattle Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. He is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle.

Officer Bailey Tiffany, Officer Thurston Jones, and Officer Frank Ferrell, of the Oregon Department of Corrections, were shot and killed on June 9, 1902, by an inmate as he escaped from the Oregon State Penitentiary. The suspect also killed three civilians during the escape.

After the escape and murder of the three correctional officers and three civilians, a manhunt began for the suspect. On July 3, 1902, the suspect setup an ambush near Bothell, Washington. He shot and killed Detective Charles Raymond, of the Everett, Washington, Police Department, and wounded Deputy John Williams, of the King County, Washington, Sheriff's Department. Deputy Williams later committed suicide as a result of the incident.

The suspect then fled the scene and invaded a house, where he took the occupants hostage and ate dinner. As he left the house he encountered other officers and engaged them in a shootout. Posseman Neil Rowley, of the King County, Washington, Sheriff's Department, and Officer Enoch Breece, of the Seattle, Washington, Police Department, were both shot and killed.

On August 6, 1902, the suspect committed suicide after being wounded during a shootout with a posse in Lincoln County, Washington.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 110th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phylllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
December 27, 2012

 

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