Policeman Walter Henry Kesterson

Policeman Walter Henry Kesterson

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 4, 1946

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Walter Henry Kesterson

Policeman Walter Kesterson was shot and killed by two suspects after he and his partner responded to a robbery call. Both suspects were shot and killed by Policeman Kesterson after he was shot.

The two men were wanted for the January 31, 1946, murder of Officer Richard Pennington, of the Vernon Police Department. Officer Pennington was shot and killed after arresting the two men for leading him on a vehicle chase.

Policeman Kesterson was posthumously awarded the department's Medal of Valor award in 2007.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Officer Kesterson,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 4, 2021

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