JAMES LAWRENCE KENT



Officer Rank: Sergeant

Department: Ottumwa, Iowa, P.D.

End of Watch: 11/28/1900

Cause: Gunfire

Age: 40

Length of Service: 3 Years


On November 21, 1900, Sergeant Kent inadvertently shot himself with his own gun as he attempted to shoot an aggressive, vicious dog that was reportedly threatening people in the neighborhood. As Sergeant Kent drew his weapon, it snagged in his clothing and discharged. Sergeant Kent sustained a gunshot wound to the groin and was transported to the hospital where he died a week later on November 28th.

 

 

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