Officer Kenneth Wallace

Officer Kenneth Wallace

Hampton Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, February 25, 1994

Kenneth Wallace

Officer Kenneth Wallace was shot and killed by three subjects as he sat in his patrol car. The suspects, two juveniles and one adult, were arrested several days later. Officer Wallace never had a chance to fire back.

It was later discovered that even though all three fired into the vehicle that it was two .380 caliber bullets fired by the adult suspect that killed Officer Wallace. It was also discovered that this was a case of mistaken identity. The adult suspect had actually intended to shoot another Hampton police officer who had arrested his brother earlier that night.

The adult was sentenced to death for the murder and was executed by lethal injection on November 9, 1999. The two juveniles were convicted of murder and sentenced to 13 years, with 50 years suspended. A fourth suspect who never fired his gun was sentenced to four years in prison.

Both juvenile suspects were paroled in 2004. In January of 2006 one of them was sent back to prison for 30 years for violating his parole. In September of 2007 the other suspect violated the terms of his release. He has a court date to determine his fate on October 25, 2007.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 28

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1999

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I remember that night very well. I lived on Pocahontas Place and had just called my sons upstairs. Not 5 minutes later gun shots rang out. Within moments my yard and the street was swarming with first responders, medics and law enforcement personnel. I have never been so frighten in my life especially when I saw them taking Officer Wallace out of his patrol car .... then eventually covering his lifeless body with a sheet. I had just moved to Hampton. Officer Wallace would make it a point to speak to the residents and made me feel at ease being new to Virginia. My life changed since that horrible night - I trust no one now. Thank you Ofc. Wallace for your service for taking time with my sons - talking with them. You will never be forgotten.

Former Pocahontas Place Resident

July 16, 2018

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