KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
William Kenner
End of Watch: Saturday, May 7, 1955
Incident date: May 6, 1955
Age: 58
DOB: October 16, 1896
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Cause of death: Gunfire, shotgun
Suspect information: Sentenced to 10 years
On May 6, 1955 Detective William Kenner was off duty at a restaurant when at around 11:30 pm he heard a gun shot. He investigated and found two men - Russell Hoover and Herschel Williams (34) arguing in front of the Lincoln Theater at 1332 East 18th Street. Williams shot Hoover in the foot with a shotgun. When Detective Kenner ordered Williams to drop the shotgun - Williams shot Detective Kenner in the right shoulder, ran to a nearby vehicle and drove away. Responding officers traced the license plate from the suspect vehicle and apprehended Williams as he returned to his home. Detective Kenner succumbed to his wounds including a broken humerus and severed axillary artery at General Hospital #2, just after midnight on May 7, 1955.

Detective Kenner served in the Army during WWI and was survived by his wife, Agnes. Interred: Lincoln Cemetery.


Article by Brent Marchant