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Remembering Slain Local Officers

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-  2007 was the last time one of ours', sworn to protect, was killed in the line of duty. Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputy Michael Estes was killed in a traffic accident near Burbank.

Before then was the 1999 tragic murder of Washington State trooper Jim Saunders. He was shot and killed in Pasco on a route traffic stop.

For Kennewick police, you have to go way back, before they even had a formal police. Locals called it "The Great Halloween Massacre" in 1906. That's when Kennewick Marshal Mike Glover and County Sheriff's deputy Joe Holzher were killed in a shootout somewhere near current day Clover Island.

Glover and Holzher were pursuing two men who robbed a local store and then took off to a train yard campsite known as the "Hobo Jungle." It was there police and the robbers fired in a hail of bullets. One of the suspected robbers was killed; but so were Glover and Holzher.

Benton County lost deputy Dennis Bryant in a traffic accident in 1991. In 1955, Pasco police lost officer Alva Jackson when he was shot and killed by a teen.

- more information about the "Great Halloween Massacre" can be found here.

-- Chris Hurst. E-mail Chris story ideas at chris.hurst@kndu.com

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