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 Sheriff James Slater was killed in an automobile crash while en route to back up a fellow officer who was following a stolen vehicle at 2:27 a.m.

A citizen called 911 and reported a patrol vehicle in the ditch and the deputy unconscious on Sout Grove Road. 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 Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Deputy Slater was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served 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

Back up for fellow officer(s), single vehicle crash, stolen vehicle

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Deputy Sheriff Slater,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

August 29, 2023

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