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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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Dear Kenny:

I feel your spirit visit with me. I am prompted to summon up the courage and determination to go on, and I am reminded of what a reliable, brave human being you were who regularly helped others. You were the BEST Phoenix police officer and Ortega, Garcia, and the rest really should admit to this. Alas, you know how rumors are.

I know that you are restless for the fire fighter responsible for a group of extorters harassing, tormenting, driving your sister Kitty to suicide and those covering for the fire fighter to be brought to justice. You inspire me to do my best to not let that fire fighter's cohorts manslaughter me as well before everyone involved has been apprehended.

Merry Christmas to the spirits!

In The Name Of God
December 17, 2014


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