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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God bless you for your life of Honor. You will always be in our hearts and minds. Semper Fi Brother in Blue.

State Traffic Officer 7185 and United St
California Highway Patrol/SLA Area 530

September 29, 2019

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