Officer Patrick Martin Maher

Officer Patrick Martin Maher

Federal Way Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, August 2, 2003

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Patrick Martin Maher

Officer Patrick Maher was shot and killed after breaking up a fight between two brothers and one of the brother's ex-girlfriends at South 272nd Street and Pacific Highway South in Kent.

Officer Maher was dispatched at approximately 10:20 am to a convenience store on an unrelated assignment when he saw a fight in a parking lot between three people. After the officer broke up the fight, one of the male participants fled on foot across a street, leaving the jurisdiction of the city of Federal Way. He fled into the neighboring city of Kent, where he attempted to escape from Officer Maher by climbing a fence.

Officer Maher ran after this male and caught up with him, and was able to pull him down from the fence. In the ensuing struggle, the male gained control of Officer Maher's firearm. The male then pointed the gun at his brother and ex-girlfriend. In an attempt to disarm the suspect, Officer Maher lunged at the male but was shot in the abdomen just below the edge of his bullet-resistant vest.

After Officer Maher was shot, the brother jumped on the male's back and held him until other officers arrived. The male was arrested by members of the Kent Police Department and charged with murder. He pled guilty on October 21, 2005, to first-degree murder, and on December 9, 2005, he was sentenced to 30 years.

Officer Maher was transported to Harbor View Medical Center where he later died from his wound.

Officer Maher was a United States Coast Guard veteran who had served with the Federal Way Police Department for seven months and had previously served in Hawaii for seven years with the Honolulu Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children. His oldest son was killed in a car accident on January 4, 2004, only 5 months after Officer Maher was murdered.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 126
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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I can hardly believe it's been 20 years. I remember that day like it was yesterday. We've not forgotten you, Pat. You are truly missed.

Reserve Officer Retired Pam Hall
Los Angeles Police Dept.

August 3, 2023

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