Patrolman Kenneth G. Kaner

Patrolman Kenneth G. Kaner

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, June 19, 1970

Kenneth G. Kaner

Patrolman Kenneth G. Kaner was shot and killed when he was ambushed by a suspect in a missing child case.

Patrolman Kaner was sitting in his squad near 71st Street and Union Street. Five assailants approached and one fired a 12-gauge shotgun through the open passenger side window. Patrolman Kaner was mortally wounded when he was shot in the right side of the face.

The five gunmen were stopped within minutes for a traffic violation. The shotgun and the officer's weapon were found during the traffic stop and the offenders were arrested.

The killer was sentenced to 30 to 125 years. He has been denied parole in 2007 and 2012.

Patrolman Kaner is survived by his wife, daughter, and son. His son followed in his footsteps and became a member of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Marine unit where a boat has been named in father's memory.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 2662

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 to 125 years

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I was sworn in for only a few days and a guy from the crime lab brought in to our group all that remained of Kenneth Kaner's uniform hat. I'll never forgot that moment and his sacrifice.

Patrolman Chris Orozco Retired
Chicago Police Department

October 3, 2016

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