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Who was Kirkwood police officer William McEntee?

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Who was Kirkwood police officer William McEntee?

William McEntee worked for the Kirkwood Police Department in Missouri for 20 years.

He was shot and killed on July 5, 2005, while responding to a fireworks call in Kevin Johnson’s neighborhood.

McEntee and other officers had been at Johnson’s house earlier in the day to serve a warrant for a probation violation.

Johnson’s 12-year-old brother ran next door to their grandmother’s house and had a seizure due to a congenital heart defect at the time. He died later in the hospital.

Who was Kirkwood police officer William McEntee?

Johnson eventually blamed the police for his brother’s death, testifying in court that McEntee refused to let their mother into the house to help his brother, so when the officer returned to his neighborhood, he approached the patrol car and opened fire.

Bullets went through McEntee’s leg, head, and torso, according to The Washington Post.

After fleeing the scene, Johnson returned to find McEntee kneeling near his patrol car and he then proceeded to fire two more shots, one in the back and one in the head, killing him, The Post adds.

Where is Kevin Johnson now?

Just days after McEntee’s death, Johnson turned himself in and confessed to the shooting, according to NBC News.

As a result, he was sentenced to death, but he continued to appeal, claiming that racial discrimination was a factor in his sentence.

“Make no mistake about it, Missouri capitally prosecuted, sentenced to death, and killed Kevin because he is Black,” his attorney, Shawn Nolan said.

Kevin Johnson was executed in November 2022 after being convicted of McEntee's death
Kevin Johnson was executed in November 2022 after being convicted of McEntee’s death

His final appeal was denied by the Supreme Court just hours before his death, but court records show that Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson would have granted it, according to NBC News.

Johnson was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m. CT on November 29, 2022, after receiving a lethal injection.

Was William McEntee married?

McEntee was 43 years old at the time of his death and left behind a wife and three kids, ages 7, 10, and 13.

“They didn’t have a chance to say goodbye,” Mary McEntee said, via NBC News.

“It took 17 years of grieving and pushing forward to get to this point today. This is something I hope no other family has to go through.”

At this time, little information is available on McEntee’s family because they often stay out of the spotlight.

source:summarybio.com