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Police Officer Kenneth Lee Spencer, Jr. | Birmingham Police Department, Alabama Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer

Kenneth Lee Spencer, Jr.

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, July 13, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Officer Spencer was shot and killed with his own service weapon while attempting to eject a man from a public swimming pool. The suspect became combative and a struggle ensued in which Officer Spencer's service revolver fell from its holster. The suspect picked up the weapon and shot Officer Spencer, killing him.

The 21-year-old suspect was apprehended at a nearby home where he was sitting on the front porch with Officer Spencer's gun in his hand. A year later he was convicted of first degree murder.

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Just found out the name of the officer who was slain at Harris public pool in Ensley Highlands.

I did this research based on seeing a photo of what we called "Hollow Park" at the time and remembering the pool and that incident.

Then I found an article in a Tuscaloosa newspaper (through Google) which described the incident and named the officer.

The reason I did the research was that one person had doubted whether this occurred, so I just wanted to see if I could find something about it so that the memory could be preserved.

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Just a neighborhood kid at the time who remembers this.
May 28, 2015

 

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