Police Officer Kenneth L. Collings

Police Officer Kenneth L. Collings

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, May 27, 1988

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Kenneth L. Collings

Police Officer Kenneth Collings was shot and killed while working a uniformed off-duty security job at a local bank at W. McDowell Road and 21rst Avenue.

He was in the process of arresting two robbery suspects at a Valley National Bank branch when one of the suspects opened fire, fatally wounding him. One of the men was arrested shortly thereafter. The second suspect was arrested in Mexico in June 2000 after being wounded in a shootout with police.

The man was extradited to Arizona after state prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. In November 2002 he was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Collings was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Phoenix Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his mother and four sisters.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 3855
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest, robbery, secondary employment

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I never knew this page existed until my wife came across it today. She was making a wallet size print of a picture Ken and I took together to give to my son Mark Kenneth, who is going into the Marine Corps officer candidate school in a few weeks. We gave him Ken's name and told him of the great times we had together. Mark went to law school at George Washington University in D.C. and visited the police memorial numerous times. He is going to be a Marine JAG lawyer and he wanted inspiration to make it through the various camps. I can't think of anyone more representative of the Marine values of honor,courage,and commitment then Ken. I know when my son looks at his picture it will give him the inspiration to make it through. I miss everyone I see posted. Take care all.

Paul Webb
Phoenix PD retired

August 9, 2020

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