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Town Marshal Ernest E. Buckley | Selah Police Department, Washington Selah Police Department, Washington

Town Marshal

Ernest E. Buckley

Selah Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 1, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/28/1916

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never identified

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Marshal Buckley was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity near a local bank while on his nightly patrol. He heard sounds coming from a drainage ditch near the bank and called out to whoever was there. The suspect(s) then opened fire, striking Marshal Buckley three times, before fleeing. Marshal Buckley was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the next morning. Evidence found in the drainage ditch suggested the suspect(s) were planning a robbery of the bank. The suspect(s) were never apprehended.

Marshal Buckley was Selah's first Town Marshal and had served in law enforcement for 8 months.

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Thank you for your service Marshal Buckley. Your Selah brothers and sisters have not forgotten your sacrifice.

Chief of Police Richard Hayes
Selah Police Department
January 18, 2017


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