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Sergeant William King Biggs, Jr. | Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant

William King Biggs, Jr.

Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 217

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant William Biggs and Officer Thomas Ballman were shot and killed when a suspect opened fire at a Kirkwood city council meeting. The man had held a grudge against the city council for several years and had filed several lawsuits against the city.

The suspect approached Sergeant Biggs across the street from the city hall and asked him what time the meeting started, then pulled out a handgun and fatally shot him in the head. The man then took Sergeant Biggs' service weapon and walked across the street into the city hall.

When he entered the council chambers, he approached Officer Ballman, who was sitting in the front of the room, and also fatally shot him in the head. The man then opened fire on the other occupants of the room, killing two council members and the director of public works before being shot and killed by two other officers.

Sergeant Biggs had served with the Kirkwood Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Police Officer Thomas Frederick Ballman
Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Cause: Gunfire

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Hard to believe that today is the 8-year anniversary of that horrible night at City Hall. I still remember. It was a privilege to get to know you. You were taken from us way too suddenly and way too soon. Praying for your fellow officers, your friends, and your family today. You are dearly loved and greatly missed.

Taylor Wilmering
Civilian
February 7, 2017

 

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