Special Police Officer David M. Sires

Special Police Officer David M. Sires

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, October 16, 1881

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David M. Sires

Special Police Officer David Sires was shot and killed while patrolling the area of Occidental Street and Washington Street.

He was attempting to arrest a male who had been kicked out of a saloon. This man then began firing a revolver into the ground. After being shot, Officer Sires was able to identify the man before he died.

The male was arrested but he was lynched by an angry mob who broke into the jail while he was awaiting trial. During the lynching, Sheriff Louis Wyckoff of the King County Sheriff's Department suffered a fatal heart attack. He and his deputies had been attacked by the mob and held down while the prisoners were hung.

Officer Sires was the first Seattle police officer to be killed in the line of duty. He had served with his Seattle Police Department for two years and was survived by his wife, two daughters, and six siblings. He is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 12, 1881
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Lynched by angry mob

arrest, DIP

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This is an amazing story, the people carried out vigilante justice... To avenge a fallen officer. Very Meta, raises questions about authority and Justice, and who should decide what that is. The will of the people vs. the rule of law, which ideally should be the same, yet not when the people are wrong... Uninformed, unaware, and irresponsible. Quandary of governance.

Wayne Cummings

May 31, 2020

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