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Policeman James Lawrence Kent | Ottumwa Police Department, Iowa Ottumwa Police Department, Iowa


James Lawrence Kent

Ottumwa Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 28, 1900

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 11/21/1900

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Policeman James Kent succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound sustained while attempting to remove his pistol from its holster.

He had received reports of a vicious dog at the corner of Fourth Street and Court Street and had gone to the location to locate it. Upon arriving at the corner he attempted to remove his pistol to shoot the dog but the trigger caught on his clothing and it discharged. The round struck him in the leg, causing a serious injury.

Policeman Kent was transported to the local hospital where he remained until succumbing to the wound.

Policeman Kent had served with the Ottumwa Police Department for three years and was the acting desk sergeant the night of the shooting.

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Officer Kent,
On today, the 115th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ottumbwa.


United States Border Patrol
November 28, 2015


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