Officer Paul Andrew Trent

Officer Paul Andrew Trent

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, November 23, 1941

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Paul Andrew Trent

Officer Paul Trent and Officer Martin Joyce were killed when their patrol car collided with a Pierce County Sheriff's Department patrol car occupied by Deputy Sheriff Arthur Varco and Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Bunce.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Pacific Avenue. The deputies were responding to an accident while the officers were responding to an unrelated attempted suicide. Officer Joyce succumbed to his injuries two days later. The other three officers were killed instantly.

Officer Trent was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Tacoma Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response, suicide attempt

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Rest in peace Officer Trent.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 13, 2020

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