Officer Stephen Samuel Kent

Officer Stephen Samuel Kent

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, March 10, 1933

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Stephen Samuel Kent

Officer Stephen Kent was shot and killed in Yreka, California while attempting to arrest a man who was wanted for numerous robberies and kidnapping in several states.

The suspect had abducted a United States Customs patrolman in Bellingham, Washington, and drove him to California, where he tied him to a tree. He then stole the patrolman's service revolver before driving to Yreka. As Officer Kent, deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, and a civilian attempted to stop the car on Yreka's main street. The man opened fire on them, killing Officer Kent and the citizen before being taken into custody by the sheriff and a deputy.

The subject was convicted of the murder and executed in 1936.

Officer Kent was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1936

traffic stop

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It’s been 9 years since I last left a note of respect. You are still remembered and I know You are sitting with God and watching over your Brothers and Sisters. We are so very proud of your service and wish you had more time with us. God bless you and your family.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol

March 9, 2020

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