Police Officer Kenneth Lee Spencer, Jr.

Police Officer Kenneth Lee Spencer, Jr.

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, July 13, 1969

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Kenneth Lee Spencer, Jr.

Officer Spencer was shot and killed with his own service weapon while attempting to eject a man from a public swimming pool. The suspect became combative and a struggle ensued in which Officer Spencer's service revolver fell from its holster. The suspect picked up the weapon and shot Officer Spencer, killing him.

The 21-year-old suspect was apprehended at a nearby home where he was sitting on the front porch with Officer Spencer's gun in his hand. A year later he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. In 1975 he received an additional year for escape. He was paroled on January 14, 1978.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1978

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

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

July 13, 2020

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