End of Watch: 03/31/1971
Agency: University of Washington Police Department
County: King County
On Wednesday, March 31, 1971, Chief Ed Kanz of the University of Washington Police Department suffered a fatal heart attack on campus.
The chief’s untimely death came after nearly a month of civil unrest related to the Vietnam War on the University of Washington campus. Multiple protests or riots were a daily occasion. Several campus buildings were bombed or burned. This resulted in the department’s tactical team being activated with operations occurring daily.