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Raburn, Detective Michael L.

End of Watch: 
Tuesday, March 27, 1984
King County S.O.

On Tuesday, March 27, 1984 at 1307 hours, Detective Mike Raburn of the King County Police Department’s Civil Division, went to Yesler Terrace, subsidized housing located on the southern slope of First Hill in Seattle.  He was there to serve an eviction order on Robert Baldwin’s apartment.


Upon arriving at the apartment, Baldwin opened the door and stabbed Detective Raburn in the chest with a sword.  Detective Raburn fired at Baldwin as he retreated from the door.


Baldwin barricaded himself inside the apartment.  The Seattle Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, supported by King County Police SWAT, surrounded the apartment.


After a 17-hour standoff, Baldwin was shot and killed by SPD’s ERT, being struck 21 times.


The King County Sheriff’s Office Southeast Precinct in Maple Valley is named for Detective Raburn and Detective Sam Hicks, who was killed in 1982.


Detective Raburn had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife.