Constable Lester Kenneth Setser

Constable Lester Kenneth Setser

Decatur Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 5, 1951

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Lester Kenneth Setser

Constable Lester Setser was shot and killed after taking a drunk man home. As he was leaving the man shot him four times in the back. He was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect.

On September 21, 1951, the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison

Constable Setser had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his expectant wife and five children. Constable Setser was a World War II veteran.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Luger
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I visited the Decatur Cemetery this past summer to honor my grandparents and aunts and uncles. Then I saw your memorial and it dawned on me that my dad also named Kenneth had mentioned you at one stage sometime back in the 1960s. I was too young to understand the significance of his words and then realized when I saw the headstone, that you and Jewel were my parents' friends. So...I honor you and your family. I left some flowers as they would have for you.

Amalie Jo Brown Orme

December 4, 2018

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