Sergeant Kevin Scott Kight

Sergeant Kevin Scott Kight

Panama City Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, March 27, 2005

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Kevin Scott Kight

Sergeant Kevin Kight was shot and killed while making a traffic stop at approximately 2230 hours.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Beckrich and Front Beach Roads.

Sergeant Kight stopped the suspect's car and checked his driver's license. Sergeant Kight discovered the license was invalid. When he attempted to make an arrest, the suspect pulled out a handgun and opened fire, killing him.

The killer fled the scene but was apprehended several hours later. The man was convicted of first degree murder and resisting an officer with violence. He was sentenced to death on April 11, 2007.

Sergeant Kight had served with the Panama City Beach Police Department for 6 years and had previously served with the German Township, Ohio, Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and 4-year-old son.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 18

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Late officer’s son looks to become part of same agency

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 My Panhandle

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — In March of 2005, Sergeant Kevin Kight was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

Kight was part of Panama City Beach’s Police Department during the time of the incident.

Now, 15 years later, his son Brandon is vying for a spot in the same agency.

On Wednesday, he completed the final step of the application process which was an interview with Chief Drew Whitman and the city’s Civil Service Board.

“I haven’t been nervous at all. I’ve been in the academy since August. I was a welder before this but I wasn’t happy with it and I was thinking to myself, I’ve grown up in the station, I’ve grown up in this life so I might enjoy it,” Kight said.

While going through the academy, Kight has been working as an auxiliary/ reserve officer with PCBPD.

Kight’s mother, Christina Kight-McVay says she wasn’t that surprised when her son told her about the career move but she was understandably concerned.

“Scared is not the word. I am very proud of him, extremely proud of him and I know that his dad is extremely proud looking down on him. I feel good that he is here. He feels comfortable. He’s got a ton of people around him to support him,” said Kight- McVay.

She says she also finds comfort in knowing her son will always carry a piece of his dad with him.

“I saved a lot of his dad’s gear and so when he started the academy, as he has needed things, I have brought those items out. For example, his dad’s handcuffs. He carries his dad’s handcuffs. They still have the etching with his dad’s initials on them,” she said.

Speaking to him, Kight says he knows he didn’t want to work for any other agency other than the one his dad did but wants to create his own legacy.

“This is my life. I want to be the best I can. He left some big footsteps to fill but I’m hoping to outgrow those footsteps,” Kight said.

Chief Whitman worked alongside Sgt. Kight and has watched his newest prospect grow up. He says if his Kight is anything like his former colleague, he’ll do a great job.

“Kevin had a great heart. He cared about the community, wanted to serve the community, he wanted to protect the people in the community. His [Brandon] dad was an amazing person. I know his mother, she is an amazing young lady, if he gets half of both of them, we got a great candidate,” Whitman said.

Luckily for Whitman, Kight- McVay says her son is a lot like his dad.

“He is like his dad in so many ways. Talking with people, listening to people. The way he comprehends and learns. Yeah, he is a mini-Kevin,” said Kight- McVay said.

Kight says even though he’s embarking on a new journey, lessons he learned from dad will always stick with him.

“Not everything is as it seems, there’s a lot of good left in this world and you just have to look for it.”

Whitman says Kight will more than likely get the job as he’s looking to fill five positions. Only Kight and one other person interviewed on Wednesday.

Late officer’s son pinned as new police officer; five officers join agency

Posted: Feb 1, 2020 My Panhandle

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — The Panama City Beach Police Department welcomed in five new officers on Friday.

One of those new hires, the son of Sergeant Kevin Kight who was killed in the line of duty in 2005, Brandon Kight.

Kight’s mother, Christina, attended the ceremony and pinned her son with her late husband’s name tag.

All five hires are patrol officers with the agency.

Congratulations to Officer Michael Mathias, Officer Max Taverniti, Officer Bryan Walsingham, Officer Michael McDowell, and Officer Brandon Kight!

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February 1, 2020

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