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Sheriff James Robert Kennedy | Abbeville County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina Abbeville County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina


James Robert Kennedy

Abbeville County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, December 30, 1900

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 2 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Shot and killed by sheriff Kennedy

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Sheriff James Kennedy was shot and killed after he attempted to arrest a suspect who and just shot a man over a two dollar card game. After the suspect shot the man, he was followed by two policemen, but held them at bay with his pistol until Sheriff Kennedy arrived.

Sheriff Kennedy called to the suspect, who was hiding in his father-in-laws house, to come out. When the suspect exited the house, he started firing. Sheriff Kennedy was shot in the chest and the suspect was wounded twice in the leg by Sheriff Kennedy and the two patrolmen. The suspect then began to reload his pistol, but was shot and killed by the dying Sheriff Kennedy, who was on the ground. Sheriff Kennedy died minuets later from his wound.

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