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Officer Kenneth Wallace | Hampton Police Department, Virginia Hampton Police Department, Virginia


Kenneth Wallace

Hampton Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, February 25, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 28

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1999

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Officer Kenneth Wallace was shot and killed by three subjects as he sat in his patrol car. The suspects, two juveniles and one adult, were arrested several days later. Officer Wallace never had a chance to fire back.

It was later discovered that even though all three fired into the vehicle that it was two .380 caliber bullets fired by the adult suspect that killed Officer Wallace. It was also discovered that this was a case of mistaken identity. The adult suspect had actually intended to shoot another Hampton police officer who had arrested his brother earlier that night.

The adult was sentenced to death for the murder and was executed by lethal injection on November 9, 1999. The two juveniles were convicted of murder and sentenced to 13 years, with 50 years suspended. A fourth suspect who never fired his gun was sentenced to four years in prison.

Both juvenile suspects were paroled in 2004. In January of 2006 one of them was sent back to prison for 30 years for violating his parole. In September of 2007 the other suspect violated the terms of his release. He has a court date to determine his fate on October 25, 2007.

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I have often thought about you and your family since that awful day that someone selfishly took your life. You were one of the best neighbors to me and my son. I was a single mother, but I felt so safe knowing that a Police Officer lived so close to us. You were such a nice and funny person. You would give anything to anyone. I often tell the story to people about how I had been recalled into work in the wee hours of the morning. I was going into the bathroom and there was a huge cricket...which I was terribly afraid of! I didn't know what to do, but I knew that I only had a short amount of time to get into work. So, I knocked on your door to ask you to come and get rid of it for me. After you realized that I was very serious, you came over and took care of it. I will never forget how silly I felt about it later asking you to do that. But, it was either me or the cricket and duty was calling. You never let me forget it either. You really loved your family and I pray that God has helped them to heal over the years. I know that you have been truly missed. Continue to rest in peace! Love you old neighbor!

Paulette - AF Veteran
From Across the Hall
March 22, 2016


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