Great Halloween Shootout 100 Year AnniversaryPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - 100 years ago Kennewick's Town Marshall enforced the law with a posse and a set of pistols. On October 31, 1906 the Marshall needed both to bring one man to justice, and police still talk about it today.
In 1906, Kennewick was no different than any other old western town. If the Marshall didn't keep a gun by his side he couldn't keep the peace.
On October 31st, Town Marshall Mike Glover and Deputy Marshall Joseph Holzie were investigating several burglaries. They swore in a posse and went looking for suspects "Kid" Barker and Jake Lake at the train bridge. Back then a lot of hobos and thieves hung out along the banks of the Columbia.
Jake Lake became enraged at the posse, opened fire, and soon the camp became a hailstorm of bullets.
"It was quite a shootout. If you can imagine down there at the hobo camp and the trees and we got a whole bunch of posse members there that had just been sworn in, gun fire erupts and shots being fired everywhere," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.
The posse arrested "Kid" Barker and killed Jake Lake, but the shoot out claimed the lives of Marshall Glover and Deputy Holzie.
In 1999, the men were awarded the Medal of Valor for dying in the line of duty. Today their names, along with posse member Forest Perry, appear on the Memorial Wall in Olympia.
100 years later, officers consider it "The Great Halloween Shootout".