Patrolman Gary Elmer Kidwell

Patrolman Gary Elmer Kidwell

Stanford Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, January 20, 1991

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Gary Elmer Kidwell

Patrolman Gary Kidwell was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of John Street and Goshen Road.

The suspect was known to Patrolman Kidwell to have several drinking-related arrests. As Patrolman Kidwell approached the car the suspect shot him with a .357 caliber handgun. The man fled but was apprehended after a shootout with a neighboring agency.

The man was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He was denied parole in 2003 and again in 2012.

Patrolman Kidwell had served with the Stanford Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, son, parents, two brothers, five sisters, and six grandchildren.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 554

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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Everyday and every year that has passed since you left us has been so hard for all of the Family !A part of us was took with you !I pray this man doesn't get out in society ever ! He has destroyed our family ,parole board will be deciding within 120 days and l pray to God he stays in there !Ive never been on here before ,I just couldn't !Something is telling me to write this and it is so hard to do tears flowing as I write !You loved your Family and life itself Gary , he deserves to stay in prison ! I wouldn't wish this on any Family ! Love and miss you Brother ! Wanda kidwell Pettit 9-317

Wanda Kidwell Pettit

September 4, 2017

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