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Jun. 16, 1973
Caucasian Male / 50 yrs. of age
Berkeley Police Dept.
Homicide - Gun
On The Job:
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Sat. Jun. 16, 1973
Sergeant Rutledge was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a prowler. Officers had responded to the scene but were unable to find the prowler. Sergeant Rutledge remained on the scene and the suspect returned. As he attempted to arrest the man the suspect began to struggle and gained control of Sergeant Rutledge's weapon. After shooting him the suspect took hostages in a nearby home. The suspect killed a four-year-old hostage before being shot and killed by other officers.
Sergeant Rutledge had been with the agency for 23 years.