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City Marshal William Henry Kitson | Silex Police Department, Missouri Silex Police Department, Missouri

City Marshal

William Henry Kitson

Silex Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, February 20, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 65

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Marshal Kitson was shot and killed after surprising burglary suspects while he was investigating suspicious activity in the downtown area. Marshal Kitson was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects.

Marshal Kitson's killer was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life.

Marshal Kitson had been with the agency for three years and is survived by his wife and six children.

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Shawn, I would love to take a look at the materials from the study you referenced, if you get this please reply to [email protected]
The 39th anniversary date and hour just passed for Marshal Kitson's murder, an event which has been a somber reminder for me to stay cautious and alert for the many dangers we face as officers. That is because I patrolled the very same streets where Marshal Kitson was shot and drew his last breath. Although several decades after his passing, I thought of him and his courageous battle often. Rest in Peace, Sir-your legacy lives on.

Rodney Owen
LEO Survival Instructor
February 20, 2014


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