Deputy Claude W. Kimball

Deputy Claude W. Kimball

Penobscot County Sheriff's Office, Maine

End of Watch Friday, September 17, 1948

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Claude W. Kimball

Deputy Kimball was shot and killed when he and another officer went to a suspect's home to arrest him for burglary.

After making contact with the suspect, Deputy Kimball entered the cabin with him so the suspect could retrieve his hat. At that time, the suspect shot Deputy Kimball. Eight days later, the suspect was shot and killed in a gun battle with three officers when he was located in a fish shack he had broken into in Holden.


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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While for the past twenty years the town of Holden has been under the police jurisdiction of the Holden Police Department, in 1948 it was not. Still, we consider Deputy Kimball to be one of our own, as his life was taken in 'our' town while he was on-duty here. In his honor and memory, a plaque is displayed in our Training Room. Thank you for your service, Deputy Kimball. We hope and pray another police life is never taken in Holden, Maine; nor anywhere else in our country. Unfortunately, we all know better...

Chief Chris Greeley
Holden Police Department

February 1, 2023

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