Kight Memorial

By: Adam Roland
By: Adam Roland

Monday’s ceremony took place on the streets that Sgt. Kevin Kight patrolled for six years and it took place on the spot where he ultimately lost his life in the line of duty.

More than 100 people gathered at the site where Panama City Beach Police Sgt. Kevin Kight was shot one year ago. Police officials dedicated a plaque commemorating Kight's service to the city.

Kight's widow and his young son actually unveiled the marker, then accepted a posthumous medal of honor on his behalf.

Kight was working the evening shift on Eastern Sunday last year. He came upon an SUV on Front Beach Road. The driver was impeding the flow of traffic.

Officer Kight pulled the vehicle over not knowing the man behind the wheel, Robert Bailey, was wanted in his home state of Wisconsin on outstanding warrants.

Kight ran a computer check, but the computer never turned up the outstanding warrant information. He planning to issue Bailey a ticket for driving on an invalid driver's license. Little did he know Bailey had no intention of going to jail.

He allegedly told his passenger, 20-year-old D'Tori Crawford, he was not going back to prison even if he had to pop this cop.

Crawford left the SUV, walked past Kight, but never said a word to him. When Kight returned to the car, Bailey allegedly pulled a gun and fatally shot Kight in the neck.

"I remember a cold chill going throughout my entire body when it came across the radio and I heard his voice saying he had been shot, and that sticks out in my mind, and I think I'll take that with me to my grave."

Bailey, Crawford and 31-year old John Braz reportedly had ties to a street gang called the Latin Kings. Originally authorities charged all three with Kight's murder. Crawford and Bras have since given depositions that will be used against Bailey at trial, and have been released.

Even though a year has passed, it's still hard for many Panama City Beach police officers to move on.

"It's kind of like the thing with people who lose a family member, ‘it's never gonna happen to me’ thing, and unfortunately it happened to us."

The marker commemorating Sgt. Kight will be a constant reminder of how the city lost a great officer, a widow lost her husband, and a son is without his father.


8195 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Station: 850-234-7777 News: 850-230-5221 Fax: 850-233-6647 FCC Form 398
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 2531661