Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Walter H. Kesterson

Walter H. Kesterson
  • Rank: Policeman
  • Serial Number: 1125
  • Division: Metropolitan
  • Location: N/W/C 43rd and Avalon Blvd.
  • Date Killed: Monday, February 4, 1946
  • Cause of Death: Shot by Robbery Suspect


Policeman Kesterson was shot and killed by two suspects after he and his partner responded to a robbery call. Both suspects were shot and killed by Policeman Kesterson after he was shot.

The two men were wanted for the January 31, 1946, murder of Officer Richard Pennington, of the Vernon Police Department. Officer Pennington was shot and killed after arresting the two men for leading him on a vehicle chase.