Patrolman Joseph W. Westlake

Patrolman Joseph W. Westlake

Narragansett Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Friday, August 22, 1902

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Joseph W. Westlake

Patrolman Westlake was shot and killed after he an his partner responded to the sounds of shots being fired. Patrolman Westlake and his partner were walking a beat along the old Narragansett Pier where casinos to be located at the time. There was a fight in a nearby bar between two local men and two U.S. Army soldiers, during which, a soldier pulled his gun and fired at one of the men but didn't hit him. Patrolman Westlake and his partner were alerted to the shots and ran to investigate. The soldier with the gun ran off with the Patrolmen in pursuit. During the chase, the soldier fired at the two officers, killing Patrolman Westlake and wounding his partner. The soldier was later apprehended and charged with murder.

The soldier, who claimed he thought the officers were two tramps he earlier had trouble with, was tried and acquitted.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Patrolman Westlake,
On today, the 116th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Narragansett.


United States Border Patrol

August 22, 2018

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