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Chief of Police William James Kittrell | Gainesville Police Department, Georgia Gainesville Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police

William James Kittrell

Gainesville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, December 25, 1890

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief of Police William Kittrell was shot and killed while he and one of his officers attempted to arrest a woman during a domestic dispute.

The woman and her father, who was trying to get her out of town, were at the local train depot when the officers attempted to stop them. The father opened fire on the officers, striking Chief Kittrell in the spine. The other officer was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Chief Kittrell was survived by his wife, four daughters, and an unborn son. He was the first Gainesville officer to be killed in the line of duty.

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It is wonderful to know that I have an ancester such as you in My background. Sir, you are my maternal grandmother's grandf&ather.

Lynda Tadlock Sanders
Great grand daughter on maternal side
January 8, 2017


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