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Chief of Police James Washington Kirwin | Crisfield Police Department, Maryland Crisfield Police Department, Maryland

Chief of Police

James Washington Kirwin

Crisfield Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Friday, April 18, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 66

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 4/20/1924

Weapon: Edged weapon; Hatchet

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief James Kirwin succumbed to wounds sustained 6 years earlier when he was struck in the head with a hatchet while attempting to make an arrest.

Chief Kirwin and other officers had gone to a barn after being notified that a man inside had slashed another man with the hatchet.

When Chief Kirwin arrived at the barn he was struck in the head. The suspect then struck the other officer in the arm. The officer shot the suspect once, but did not immediately stop him. When the suspect lunged at the officer again, he emptied his revolver at the man, killing him.

Chief Kirwin was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 18, 2012


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