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

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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

Incident Date: 2/25/1994

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Suspect: 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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It does not seem like it but twenty years ago, I lost a good friend and the citizens of Hampton lost a good officer. I am sorry I was not there for you my friend. It was with tears that I had the priviledge of standing the Honor Watch those last couple days. I trust, that at some time in the future, we will meet again and then you can tell me the answer to the question I asked you in the hospital room.

Retired Officer, Hampton Virginia Police Division
Retired Senior Officer, Federal Reserve Police
February 22, 2014

 

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