Washington Association of
Coroners and Medical Examiners
          
 
 
Medicolegal Death Investigations
"Every Scene, Every Time"
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Representing Washington State's coroners, coroner/prosecutors, and medical examiners.  


True or False?
Is the Coroner the Only Person Who Can Arrest the Sheriff?

Often times we hear people say that the coroner is the only government official who can arrest the sheriff. There is no such law.

ANY law enforcement officer with probable cause and jurisdiction may arrest anyone, including another law enforcement officer, for any crime.

There is a law that allows the coroner to act as the sheriff under certain conditions: 


However, a coroner would rarely be appointed sheriff since the law also states that a court may appoint any suitable person to fill the position (examples: the undersheriff, the prosecutor). 

This information is valid for Washington State only. Other states' laws may differ.