Police Officer James C. Brizendine

Police Officer James C. Brizendine

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Thursday, July 21, 1955

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James C. Brizendine

Officer Brizendine was shot and killed accidentally by a civilian who mistook the officer for a prowler. Officer Brizendine and his partner responded to the report of a prowler . When they arrived they searched the yard and found nothing. Officer Brizendine began to search the adjoining yard. He walked toward the house shining his flashlight. The homeowner, alerted by his neighbor that there was a prowler in the area and blinded by the Officer Brizendine flashlight, thought Officer Brizendine was the prowler and fired a single shotgun blast, killing Officer Brizendine.

Officer Brizendine had served with the agency for 18 months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Officer James Brizendine was my Uncle. He was killed before I was born but I heard stories about him from my dad Paul, James' younger brother. I have lost both of my parents now & my brother too so I recently decided to look into Ancestry. Thanks to all of you for your kind words here. I wish I had known him.

Anna Brizendine/Reynolds

August 17, 2019

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