Marshal Hughey Sylvester Kitchens

Marshal Hughey Sylvester Kitchens

Parma Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, April 17, 1943

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Hughey Sylvester Kitchens

Marshal Kitchens was shot and killed at a local cafe by the owner when he went there to investigate a reported disturbance.

The owner killed him when he attempted to arrest his son. The owner told officers who later arrested him that he shot Marshal Kitchens because he did not want anybody coming into his place and taking his son.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 14 years. He received a new trial, resulting in a manslaughter conviction, and was sentenced to 7 years. On December 10, 1947, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed his conviction, and he was released from prison.

Marshal Kitchens had only served as Marshal of the Parma Police Department for 11 days and previously served with the Missouri State Penitentiary for over one year. He was survived by his wife, son, mother, brother, and three sisters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released in 1947

arrest attempt, disturbance

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Marshal Kitchens,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Parma. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 17, 2023

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