Detective Michael L. Raburn

Detective Michael L. Raburn

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, March 27, 1984

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Michael L. Raburn

Detective Michael Raburn was stabbed with a sword while responding to the home of a mentally disturbed person. He was working plainclothes at the time to serve an eviction on the tenant. When he knocked on the front door the suspect reached through the doorway and stabbed. Detective Raburn was able to fire several shots at the suspect while retreating. A SWAT team forced entry later in the night and shot and killed the suspect.

Detective Raburn had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Sword
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was on the honor guard for the county at his funeral service. Very hard to play TAPS for a fellow officer and comrade.

Jim Starr RO
King County Sherriff

March 27, 2019

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