Officer George Conniff, Sr.

Officer George Conniff, Sr.

Newport Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, September 15, 1935

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George Conniff, Sr.

Officer George Conniff succumbed to gunshot wounds received the previous day when he was shot by two men caught breaking into the Newport Creamery.

The suspects were never apprehended but were identified 50 years later when a man confessed to the murder while on his deathbed.

Before joining the Newport Police Department, Officer Conniff had formerly served as the Chief of Police in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was survived by his wife and three children and is buried in Greenwood Memorial Terrance Cemetery, Spokane, Washington.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 14, 1935
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Rest in Peace, Marshal Conniff. As a resident of Eastern Washington, I was saddened not only to read of your death but to learned your name is not honored as it should be. I learned of you through the book Breaking Blue, and the fate you suffered is not one I will soon forget. I hope and pray that Alma learned the truth after she departed this earth, and that George, Mary and Olive finally received the peace they had been waiting for. You were a fine man, Marshal Conniff, and you will forever live on in the words of others.
Rest easy.

Cheyenne, Daughter of LCSO jail super.

February 12, 2020

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