Officer Killed-Scam

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Panama City Beach police say a former officer kept the cash meant to go to the family of a slain colleague.

Twenty-two-year-old Louie Durden is charged with grand theft.

Police say he kept about $500 from the sale of bumper stickers that said "In Memory of Sergeant Kevin Kight" after telling buyers the money would help Kight's family. Kight was shot to death during a traffic stop on Easter.

Police say Durden was a patrol officer with their police department for about six months until he was fired in September 2004 for "honesty issues."

His supervisors say Durden lied about how he damaged a police car.

The former police officer remains in jail with a first appearance before a judge scheduled for later in the day.


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