Detective Derrick William Focht

Detective Derrick William Focht

Kent Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, April 7, 2017

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Derrick William Focht

Detective Derrick Focht suffered a fatal heart attack following a shooting investigation involving two gang members. He attempted to interview the two uncooperative suspects at their residence.

He began to experience chest pain but returned to his office to continue working on his investigation. The following day he underwent a scheduled stress test. He was found unresponsive in the hospital parking lot a short time later by security.

Detective Focht was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Kent Police Department for 20 years and had previously served as a corrections officer with both the King County Sheriff's Office and Grant County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

gang member, investigation

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Det. Focht,
On today, the 5th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

April 7, 2022

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