Correctional Officer Henry N. Kenaga

Correctional Officer Henry N. Kenaga

Kansas Department of Corrections, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, June 20, 1954

Henry N. Kenaga

Officer Kenaga was shot and killed while attempting to prevent a prison escape. Several inmates had stormed the visitor's room with guns and knives and taken six hostages. As they attempted to cross the prison yard they were confronted by Officer Kenaga. As Officer Kenaga attempted to stop them he was shot. The suspects were stopped by other officers and were returned to their cells. Six inmates were charged with first degree murder.

The guns the inmates used were .22 caliber pistols that they made themselves. A girlfriend of one of the inmates smuggled him the bullets. Five inmates were convicted of first degree murder and got a life term added to their sentences. On May 30, 1968, one of those inmates was burned to death when two inmates set him on fire after dousing him with a flammable liquid.

Bio

  • Age 58
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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OFC KENAGA RIP WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY AND SERVICE.

C/0 CHIRICHELLO L. CERT
LANCASTER COUNTY PA

June 20, 2016

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