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Sergeant Kevin Scott Kight | Panama City Beach Police Department, Florida Panama City Beach Police Department, Florida

Sergeant

Kevin Scott Kight

Panama City Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, March 27, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 18

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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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.

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Kevin, sometimes, like today, I think of you often. Its been over 11 years and I can still remember our last conversation. I still remember your laughter and your smile and I still remember being beside you the night you gave the ultimate sacrifice.

I don't think I ever realized until recently how much having you in my life would change me, how much losing you would change me and how much thinking about you would create the lessons in life I needed to grow and change the things I did not like about myself.

Your lessons in my life have taken hold now (okay, most of them) - Constructive not destructive - that was a tough one but I got it now. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your mentoring. More than all of that, thank you for being my friend and for watching over me all this time. I am more than grateful for the path that your presence and your loss has brought me.

Rest in peace, my Sergeant, my Brother, my Friend. You are still missed but I know as long as you remain in our hearts and memories, you will never be forgotten or truly gone.

L Buchanan

L. Buchanan K9 Ofc (ret)
panama city beach police department
November 16, 2016

 

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