Police Officer James C. Brizendine

Police Officer James C. Brizendine

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Thursday, July 21, 1955

James C. Brizendine

Officer Brizendine was shot and killed accidentally by a civilian who mistook the officer for a prowler. Officer Brizendine and his partner responded to the report of a prowler . When they arrived they searched the yard and found nothing. Officer Brizendine began to search the adjoining yard. He walked toward the house shining his flashlight. The homeowner, alerted by his neighbor that there was a prowler in the area and blinded by the Officer Brizendine flashlight, thought Officer Brizendine was the prowler and fired a single shotgun blast, killing Officer Brizendine.

Officer Brizendine had served with the agency for 18 months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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You are at rest now with your wife and this last two years you are joined by your daughters who were very proud of you as are your grandchildren we will never forget and pass your legacy to your great grandchildren. Gone but still here with us.

Char Rosted
wife of grandson

January 10, 2015

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