So far this year according to Officer Down Memorial Page the line of Duty deaths is up 54% from that time last year because of the fact that Two officers were murdered it made the local news, we don’t always hear but at that rate every couple of days we loose another officer in the United States.
the Sergeant William Biggs
Kirkwood Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Sergeant William Biggs and Officer Tom Ballman were shot and killed when a suspect opened fire at a Kirkwood city council meeting. The man had held a grudge against the city council for several years and had filed several lawsuits against the city.
The suspect approached Sergeant Biggs across the street from the city hall and asked him what time the meeting started, then pulled out a handgun and fatally shot him in the head. The man then took Sergeant Biggs’ service weapon and walked across the street into the city hall.
When he entered the council chambers he approached Officer Ballman, who was sitting in the front of the room, and also fatally shot him in the head. The man then opened fire on the other occupants of the room, killing two council members and the director of public works before being shot and killed by two other officers.