Sergeant William King Biggs, Jr.

Sergeant William King Biggs, Jr.

Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, February 7, 2008

William King Biggs, Jr.

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.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 217

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Last night we attended the 10 year anniversary ceremony. I can't believe its been 10 years. I won't lie, it was hard. Bo wasn't able to attend, he followed your love of the mountains and now lives in Colorado. It was hard not having him here with us, I know it was hard on him not being here. He is a cop like you now, I see you ever time I see him in uniform. You would be proud.
Your family has grown tremendously the past couple of years. I married an awesome gal, melissa. You would love her and she had a little boy, Tommy. We had your first granddaughter, Willow Avery. Close as we could get to William with a girls name. I see you in her, she's totally a Biggs. A few months after Willow was born, Bo and Christina had a little boy, William King the Third. He's a cute little rascal, and James Wade was born this past July. Melissa and I are expecting 5th grandbaby this year too. Mom loves it, loves the grand kids. They keep her busy. Lol. Willow knows who you are, calls you PawPaw when she see your picture. She doesn't understand why you aren't here or the sacrifice you made yet. But she will. Grandma Pat got to meet her and William before she joined you. She loved it. Loved holding her GREAT grand daughter. Your niece Jamie had a baby too! Drew loring, she's a cutie pie as well.
Your family is growing dad. Just wish you were here to enjoy them. You would have been the best grandpa, I know it, because you were the best dad. Miss you pops.

Cody biggs

February 8, 2018

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