Marshal Artis J. Chitty

Marshal Artis J. Chitty

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, August 22, 1940

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Artis J. Chitty

Marshal Artis Chitty was beaten to death during a struggle with a suspect in the Tacoma Federal Building, located at 1102 A Street in Tacoma, Washington.

Marshal Chitty was escorting two bank robbery suspects from a courtroom when the men attempted to escape and attacked him.

During the attack one of the men struck Marshal Chitty in the face, causing a fatal injury. Both men were charged and convicted of murder as a result of his death.

Marshal Chitty's killer was sentenced to life. On May 4th, 1946, he and two other inmates were shot and killed during what became known as "The Battle of Alcatraz" which was the result of a failed escape attempt. Correctional Officer Harold P. Stites and Correctional Officer William A. Miller were shot and killed during the incident.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escape attempt

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 73rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 25, 2013

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