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Police Officer Kenneth L. Collings | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

Kenneth L. Collings

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Friday, May 27, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 3855

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Collings was shot and killed while working a uniformed off-duty security job at a local bank. He was in the process of arresting two robbery suspects when one of the suspects opened fire, fatally wounding him. One of the suspects was arrested shortly thereafter and the second suspect was arrested in Mexico in June 2000 after being wounded in a shootout with police. The suspect was extradited to Arizona after state prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. In November 2002 the suspect was sentenced to life in prison.
Officer Collings had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his mother and four sisters.

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Hey Ken, another sleepless night and thinking of you again. Nothing new. I am so very grateful to all of you who still remember what a great man and officer you were. I often look at this page and I notice a lot of people are still writing in your honor. I thank each and every one of them who continue to do that. It reinforces my belief that there are still good people out there who don't forget. Many still care and sound like they always will. I think maybe all the officer shootings lately are bringing to mind the pain and suffering those families will go through. I pray the Father gives them some peace. They will, sadly, soon realize there is no such thing as 'closure'. I dislike that word. It implies that some day you shall be able to 'shut the books' I can't and I am not an exception, I'm sure. My deepest sympathies go to each and every survivor out there. I wish I had some sage advise for you who have lost so much, I don't. I pray also that all those families keep the faith and remember you also will be together with your loved ones when the time comes. Last but not least, I love you Ken and I learned long ago to always let those words be the last words I speak to anyone I do love. They were to you, and still are.

kim tagani
July 26, 2016


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