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Patrolman Ernest E. Eichhorn | Washington State Patrol, Washington Washington State Patrol, Washington


Ernest E. Eichhorn

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 16, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 302

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 9/13/1958

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Charges dismissed

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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.

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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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