Deputy Sheriff James Joseph Slater

Deputy Sheriff James Joseph Slater

Spokane County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, August 29, 2003

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James Joseph Slater

Deputy James Slater was killed in an automobile accident while en route to back up a fellow officer who was following a stolen vehicle at 0227 hours.

A citizen called 911 and reported a patrol vehicle in the ditch and the deputy unconscious. It is believed that Deputy Slater started sliding on a corner and overcorrected, causing him to hit a utility pole that flipped the patrol car four times.

Deputy Slater was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately
2230 hours.

Deputy Slater was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had been employed with the Spokane County Sheriff's Department for 2.5 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 591186

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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