Officer Jimmy Earl Kennedy

Officer Jimmy Earl Kennedy

Juneau Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Tuesday, April 17, 1979

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Jimmy Earl Kennedy

Officer Jimmy Kennedy and Officer Richard Adair were ambushed while responding to a shots fired call.

The officers were dispatched to a weapon call, as the suspect had opened fire without provocation on a neighbor and wounded him as he drove out of his driveway. The wounded driver drove down a hill, passed out and wrecked, prompting neighbors to call police.

As the officers pulled up near the suspect's home, he fired on both with a rifle from a second floor window, striking them both in the head and killing them instantly. A back-up officer, a responding detective, was also shot and wounded. The chief of police then arrived and contained the scene while calling for backup from Alaska State Troopers. Before the troopers arrived, the suspect committed suicide.

Officer Kennedy had served with the Juneau Police Department for 18 months.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Automatic
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Officer Kennedy,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Juneau. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 17, 2019

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