Chief of Police Ed Payne

Chief of Police Ed Payne

Garnett Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 22, 1947

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Ed Payne

Chief Payne was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle for speeding. As he talked with the driver the man shot him. The suspect was apprehended but shot and wounded the undersheriff and fire chief while in custody. The suspect was drunk at the time of the shootings.

The suspect, a 28 year old World War II veteran, was found not guilty by reason of insanity on October 22, 1947, and committed to Larned State Mental Hospital.


  • Age 70
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Found not guilty by reason of insanity

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Thank you for your service and today we remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 22, 2020

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