Constable William Kinney

Constable William Kinney

Preston Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Monday, May 6, 1918

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William Kinney

Constable William Kinney was shot and killed while accompanying a homeowner to his home in Hallville.

A tenant at the home had not been paying rent and the homeowner was attempting to evict him. When they arrived at the home the tenant opened fire with a .32 caliber rifle, killing Constable Kinney and mortally wounding the homeowner. The homeowner died from his wounds six weeks later.

The 38-year-old subject fled and was arrested two weeks later in East Liverpool, Ohio. He was returned to Connecticut where he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He was released at some point before November 26, 1930, a date he was convicted of a crime involving his 13-year-old daughter in Liverpool, Ohio.

Constable Kinney was survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .32 caliber carbine
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Constable Kinney, it has been 106 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 6, 2024

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