Patrolman Ernest E. Eichhorn

Patrolman Ernest E. Eichhorn

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, September 16, 1958

Ernest E. Eichhorn

Patrolman Eichhorn was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup.

The driver had been drinking heavily for 5 hours prior to the accident and struck Patrolman Eichhorn as he stood in an intersection with a red traffic flashlight.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of manslaughter. The charges were dismissed against him after he appealed the verdict.

Patrolman Eichhorn had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 302

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 13, 1958
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charges dismissed

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Just read an article your daughter wrote for the WA COPS newsletter. Such a shame that a dedicated public servant, a war hero died so young leaving such a nice family. And the person that took that life went free. R.I.P. Trooper. Thank you for your service...Godspeed!

Detective Joe L. Gilliland
Stanford, KY Police Department

March 3, 2014

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