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Chief of Police Harry C. Kavanaugh | Anchorage Police Department, Alaska Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

Chief of Police

Harry C. Kavanaugh

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Thursday, January 3, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/2/1924

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief Kavanaugh was shot and killed while he and another officer were serving a warrant on a man who had been terrorizing his neighbors during a drunk rampage. As Chief Kavanaugh entered the man's cabin he saw the man standing there with a shotgun. He ran from the cabin and was approximately 100 yards away when the man fired two shots, striking him in the back. Chief Kavanaugh succumbed to his wounds approximately 16 hours later. The suspect was shot and killed by the other officer on the scene.
Chief Kavanaugh had been with the agency for eight months.

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Chief Kavanaugh,
Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You were married to my Great Aunt Stella. When she died her possessions were passed to my mother and among them was the Deputy United States Marshall badge that you proudly wore. We are honored to be the caretakers of your badge.

Gordon Dudley
Los Angeles County Fire Department, retired.
March 3, 2013


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