No parole, for Thomas Wade Watkins.... parole is within next 120 days
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Patrolman Gary Elmer Kidwell
Stanford Police Department, Kentucky
EOW: Sunday, January 20, 1991
Tour: 20 years
Badge # 554
Incident Date: Sunday, January 20, 1991
Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber
Suspect: Denied parole in 2003 and 2012
Patrolman Gary Kidwell was shot and killed while making a traffic stop.
Thomas Wade Watkins was known to Patrolman Kidwell to have several drinking related arrests. As Patrolman Kidwell approached the car Thomas Wade Watkins shot him with a .357 caliber handgun. Thomas Wade Watkins fled but was apprehended after a shootout with a neighboring agency.
Thomas Wade Watkins was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He was denied parole in 2003 and again in 2012.
Patrolman Kidwell had served with the Stanford Police Department for 20 years.
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