Police Officer George R. Kempen

Police Officer George R. Kempen

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, November 14, 1976

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George R. Kempen

Officer Kempen was accidentally shot and killed by another officer following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle on the Southern State Parkway.

When Officer Kempen arrived, a Long Island State Parkway Police patrolman was struggling with a suspect. The officer's weapon discharged during the struggle, and the round struck Officer Kempen.

The suspect, who was struggling with the patrolman, was sentenced to four years for criminally negligent homicide.

Officer Kempen had served with Nassau County Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 1312

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, pursuit

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Here it is 47 years later and I vividly recall that evening lifting George off the pavement by his uniform coat and seeing his eyes roll back. With the help of a couple officers on the scene we shoved him into the backseat of a Patrol car and rushed him to the hospital where they were unable to save him.He was such a big man I remember folding his legs up and slamming the door on his legs that I had to fold up.As I previously written my partner now deceased ,Bruce Backer and myself would routinely stop by his home ( on the same street where he was killed) and check on the welfare of his wife Bernice and son .November 14th a sad day.

Detective James Ron Petty
Nassau County Police Department

November 14, 2023

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