Sergeant Jimmie Hugh Rutledge

Sergeant Jimmie Hugh Rutledge

Berkeley Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 16, 1973

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Jimmie Hugh Rutledge

Sergeant Jimmie Rutledge was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a prowler.

Officers had responded to the scene but were unable to find the prowler. Sergeant Rutledge remained on the scene and the suspect returned. As he attempted to arrest the man the suspect began to struggle and gained control of Sergeant Rutledge's weapon. After shooting him the suspect took hostages in a nearby home. The suspect killed a four-year-old hostage before being shot and killed by other officers.

Sergeant Rutledge was a WWII veteran and served with the Berkeley Police Department for 23 years.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge S-15
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sadly I never met my grandfather, I was born 12 years after he passed. But my family loved him dearly and had nothing but great stories about him and how he was a great father, husband and officer.
Berkeley police department commissioned a bust of him and now stands in front of the building.

Breanna Graham

September 3, 2020

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