Patrolman J. W. Kerwin

Patrolman J. W. Kerwin

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Friday, March 23, 1888

J. W. Kerwin

Patrolman J.W. Kerwin was accidentally shot and killed as he prepared to hand his service revolver to a merchant at 903 East Douglas Avenue.

He had gone to the store to trade the gun for a another revolver that was on display. As he handed his gun over it discharged, striking him in the chest.

Patrolman Kerwin had served with the Wichita Police Department for only eight weeks and had previously served with the Chicago, Illinois, Police Department. He was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

accidental discharge

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 130th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

February 14, 2018

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