Patrolman Larry Joel Kite

Patrolman Larry Joel Kite

Mineral Wells Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, December 24, 1971

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Larry Joel Kite

Patrolman Larry Kite was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary at a local plumbing store in the 200 block of NE First Avenue in the downtown business district. When he failed to return at the end of his shift other officers began to search for him. His body was located on Christmas morning. No suspects were ever identified in his murder.

Patrolman Kite was a U.S Navy veteran of the Vietnam war and had served with the Mineral Wells Police Department for less than two months. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 month, 2 weeks
  • Badge 39
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

burglary in progress

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Patrolman Kite,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

December 24, 2021

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