Police Officer Neil McMillan

Police Officer Neil McMillan

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Monday, January 24, 1921

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Neil McMillan

Police Officer McMillan and Police Officer William Angle were shot and killed at approximately 9:00 pm by a man they suspected was carrying a weapon on Broadway Avenue, at East Harrison Street. When the officers began to search the suspect, he produced a handgun and shot both officers.

One hour later, the same suspect shot and killed Detective James O'Brien when he and his partner attempted to question him. The suspect was eventually apprehended and hung in Walla Walla Prison on April 1, 1921.

Officer McMillan had served with the Seattle Police Department for 17 days. He was 1 week away from his 30th birthday.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, January 21, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Hung in 1921

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Constable Neil McMillan (aka MacMillan) served the citizens of Vancouver (BC) from January 1912 until February 1918.

While carrying out research on this officer, I discovered that he had left for Seattle shortly thereafter and joined the Seattle Police Department in late 1920, only to be killed in the line of duty after 17 days of service. His remains were transported back to Vancouver where they were police escorted to the train that would take his final journey back home to Nova Scotia.
Constable and Patrolman, you will not be forgotten. Your watch is done; 10-7.

Inspector Joanne McCormick
Vancouver Police Department, Canada

April 22, 2019

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