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Patrolman Thomas E. Kittinger | Roanoke City Police Department, Virginia Roanoke City Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman

Thomas E. Kittinger

Roanoke City Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, April 29, 1961

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Thomas Kittinger was killed when he was intentionally dragged by a man wanted on a moral charge. Patrolman Kittinger was off-duty when he spotted the man near Jefferson High School. When he reached into the vehicle the man rolled the window up on his arms and began to drive away, dragging him several blocks.

He was thrown to the ground when the suspect crashed the car into a second vehicle. The driver was arrested and charged with murder.

Patrolman Kittinger was survived by his wife and 10-year-old son.

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I was a classmate of Officer Kittinger's son. Fifty-five years later, I still remember his father's sacrifice. I hope I never forget.

Wayne Johnson
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August 19, 2017

 

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