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Carr, Officer Fred D.

End of Watch: 
Sunday, February 25, 1973
County: 
King
Agency: 
Seattle P.D.

During the early morning hours of February 25, 1973, a group of friends were engaged in a small-stakes card game. David McMahon, 18, ended up being the loser in the game. He did not take it well. He stormed out of the house. A friend went to calm him down, and ended up giving David a ride home. That friend returned to the house a short time later and warned all the occupants that David McMahon was walking back to the house with a shotgun. The Seattle Police were called. When officers arrived, David was not there. An area search for David produced nothing, and officers cleared the call. David arrived at the house about ten minutes after the officers had left. The Seattle Police were called again. Officer Fred Carr and other officers were dispatched to the call. They arrived shortly before 4:00 a.m.

Before entering the house, the officers announced themselves and ordered the suspect to come out with his hands up. McMahon did not comply. Standing at the front door, the officers could see a narrow hallway. Immediately to the left was a stairway leading to the upstairs. On the right were closed glass doors leading to the living room. Further down the hall were a closet and a bathroom.

One officer, armed with a revolver, entered the house first and stepped up onto the stair landing to the left. Officer Carr entered next followed by a third officer.  Carr proceeded down the hallway. Two officers remained by the front door. As Officer Carr reached the closet, the door suddenly swung open and hit Carr causing him to reel backwards. The suspect jumped out of the closet with a sawed-off .410 gauge shotgun and fired one shot. Officer Carr was between the suspect and the other officers.  Officer Carr fired one shot from his shotgun.  Shots were fired by the other officers. The suspect fell to the floor dead. Officer Carr yelled that he was hit. He staggered backwards to the front porch where he collapsed and died.

After the investigation and autopsies, it was determined that Officer Carr was killed by friendly fire.  A shot fired by one of the other officers killed the suspect.

Officer Fred Carr was not married. He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carr, and ten siblings. Officer Carr’s funeral was held on February 28, 1973 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Accompanied by six Seattle police officers, Fred Carr’s body was transported to his birthplace of Camilla, GA for burial. Officer Carr had been a member of the Seattle Police Department for three years.

Fred Douglas Carr was born on March 27, 1947 in Camilla, GA. Fred graduated from Camilla Consolidated High School in 1966. Fred served in the U.S. Army from 1967 through 1969. His military service included tours in Viet Nam. Fred was commissioned as a Seattle police officer on March 1, 1971.