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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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Sergeant Kight, it is hard to believe it has been nearly 12 years since the tragic day. I had the pleasure of meeting you through your Corproal Darrell Goodwin once. At the time I was a Patrolman with Crestview Police Department along with your Corporal Goodwin's brother Kelby. When we heard of the tragic events the night of your passing, we made sure the entire Crestview Police Department with the exception of who was on-duty came to pay our respects. It was an honor then and still is to this date. I remember your final ride, it was raining so hard that you could barely see the hood of your car and the ditches were filled with citizens holding signs, honoring you. The stood knee deep in water and refused to move with lightning striking around them. As much as I would like to see you resting in peace, I think it is only appropriate that we keep on remembering you. I want to thank you again for the job you done and for paying the ultimate sacrifice to keep citizens safe. It has always been said that we don't do this job for money but for the love. So please know that you will never be forgotten not as long as there are true cops who believe in honoring you.

Sergeant Waylon Gill
Niceville Police Department
April 12, 2017

 

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