Agent John I. Kahl

Agent John I. Kahl

St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, June 4, 1980

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John I. Kahl

Agent John Kahl was shot and killed while executing a narcotics-related search warrant at an apartment on Railroad Avenue in Morgan City.

The agents had knocked on the door and announced the search warrant. The subject inside opened the door and immediately opened fire with a .44 magnum. The bullet struck Agent Kahl in the head, killing him instantly. The subject was killed by other officers returning fire.

A large amount of amphetamine and currency was located in the apartment.

Agent Kahl was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, father, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

narcotics, search warrant

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Thank you for your love and dedication to SMPSO and citizens. Also thank you for your service in the Military. May you Rest In Peace.

Dy. D. Wilson
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Dept

May 22, 2023

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