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Officer Stephen Samuel Kent | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Stephen Samuel Kent

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Friday, March 10, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 1936

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Officer Stephen Kent was shot and killed in Yreka, California, while attempting to arrest a man who was wanted for numerous robberies and kidnapping in several states.

The suspect had abducted a United States Customs patrolman in Bellingham, Washington, and drove him to California, where he tied him to a tree. He then stole the patrolman's servicei revolver before driving to Yreka. As Officer Kent, deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, and a civilian attempted to stop the car on Yreka's main street. The man opened fire on them, killing Officer Kent and the citizen before being taken into custody by the sheriff and a deputy.

The subject was convicted of the murder and executed in 1936.

Officer Kent was a U.S. Navy veteran.

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Mr. Kent,
I recently found a photograph of you in my grandmother's (Cecelia Kent Jackson) photo album. She was a cousin of yours from Norfolk, Nebraska. She had made a comment that you were a brave young man whose life was lost trying to save another person's life. Even though I never knew you and all of your family in Nebraska that did know you have passed on I will keep your memory alive and the sacrifice you made to keep us safe.

Brian Planer
distant Nebraska Cousin
January 25, 2017


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