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 subject fled and was eventually arrested in Ohio. He was returned to Connecticut where he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

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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