Sergeant James Kenneth Kinard

Sergeant James Kenneth Kinard

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Monday, August 15, 1994

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James Kenneth Kinard

Sergeant Kinard was shot and killed after responding to a shooting call. The suspect in Sergeant Kinard's murder was initially sentenced to death but had the sentence commuted to life in prison in 2000. After the sentence was commuted the suspect committed suicide by jumping off a balcony at the jail.

Sergeant Kinard was survived by his son.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide in jail

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It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since this mighty warrior was called to higher ground.

"Tug", I'm alive today because of you, for you literally saved my life, pulling me out of the grips of a Pacific Ocean rip tide.

I praise God continuously for your bravery, your tenacity, your leadership, and sacrifice. I miss your firm confidence and the way you lived and loved fiercely. I can still see your huge smile and hear your loud laughter.

You remain my hero. I can still feel you over my shoulder with that MP5, tapping up and telling me, "Move" as we stepped towards danger. I was beyond proud to serve in your shadow.
I miss you, my brother.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Sgt. James "Tug" Kinard, 10-10 on August 15, 1994. An American hero, a bold warrior, a father, a son, and my friend.

Love you.
Give "Rowdy" a pat on the head for me.

Michael Thompson
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

August 15, 2019

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