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Policeman Walter H. Kesterson | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


Walter H. Kesterson

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 4, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Policeman Walter Kesterson was shot and killed by two suspects after he and his partner responded to a robbery call. Both suspects were shot and killed by Policeman Kesterson after he was shot.

The two men were wanted for the January 31, 1946, murder of Officer Richard Pennington, of the Vernon Police Department. Officer Pennington was shot and killed after arresting the two men for leading him on a vehicle chase.

Policeman Kesterson was posthumously awarded the department's Medal of Valor award in 2007.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Officer Richard H. Pennington
Vernon Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, January 24, 1946
Cause: Gunfire

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My name is Bryan Kesterson.I'm related to Mr.William Kesterson,I'm just not sure how,I heard about him with very little detail when my grandmother passed in 2005.I read his story in detail today,and I have to say how proud I am to be related to such a hero,I'm interested in finding out more about him.If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it.

Bryan Kesterson
August 30, 2015


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