Police Officer James Fredrick Kilty

Police Officer James Fredrick Kilty

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 8, 1976

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James Fredrick Kilty

Police Officer James Kilty was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant with other members of the narcotics division at a local hotel in the 2900 block of Southwest Freeway.

They were serving the warrant to an employee at the hotel when the man approached and opened fire, striking Officer Kilty. Other officers returned fire, killing the suspect. Officer Kilty was transported to Ben Taub Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

Officer Kilty was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and had served with the Houston Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his parents, sister, and three brothers.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 1856
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

warrant service

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Kilty my dear friend, my first thought today, April 8, 2024, the anniversary of your EOW.
I am blessed to have known you as a friend and business associate. Still a precious memory and forever in my heart.

Elsie Marie Kroussakis
Manager LaQuinta Inn Houston

April 8, 2024

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