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Tucker, Chief Alva
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Saturday, July 2, 1927
On Saturday, July 2, 1927, Chief Alva Tucker of the Ellensburg Police Department attempted to arrest a drunk man in town who had been threatening to kill police officers. The suspect was well-known to officers in the area and had once been wounded in a shootout with police.
As Chief Tucker attempted to take the man into custody, the suspect began shooting Chief Tucker, killing him. The chief was able to return fire and also kill the suspect.
Chief Tucker was survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.