Police Officer Walter G. Cottle

Police Officer Walter G. Cottle

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Monday, September 29, 1930

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Walter G. Cottle

Officer Cottle was shot and killed while walking his beat. Officer Cottle had noticed a suspicious person walking around the area. When Officer Cottle stopped him and asked him if he lived in the neighborhood, the suspect produced a handgun and shot Officer Cottle in the face, killing him.

A train bandit shot and killed by Oakland, California, Police a month later was believed to be the killer of Officer Cottle.

Officer Cottle had been a member of the Seattle Police Department for nine years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Rest well, Officer Cottle. Your memory lives on, a continent away, on the island of Martha's Vineyard, where you were born and raised.

A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Martha's Vineyard Museum

June 28, 2021

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