Kevin was a member of the Springfield Police Department. He had 36 years of service as an officer and 2 years of service as a police cadet.
He was shot and killed while responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at the Lawton Arms Apartments on Lawton Street shortly before 1:00 pm. A woman had called 911 to report her boyfriend, for whom a restraining order had just been issued, was at her apartment complex and that she was in fear of her life. When Officer Ambrose arrived he encountered the two outside and spoke to them. The restraining order allowed the male to retrieve belongings from the apartment, so Officer Ambrose escorted both subjects to the third floor unit. When they opened the apartment door the male subject suddenly turned violent, pushed the woman into the apartment, and slammed the door.
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As Officer Ambrose attempted to push the door open to get into the apartment the man fired a handgun through it, striking Officer Ambrose. The subject then opened the door, shot him again, and then shot the woman, wounding her. He then fled to his car where he committed suicide.
Other officers responding to the initial call located Officer Ambrose and the wounded woman and immediately began CPR. Both were transported to a local hospital where Officer Ambrose succumbed to his wounds.
Police Officials describe Kevin as a remarkable officer who will be greatly missed.
Kevin is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Carla; a son; a daughter and a granddaughter.
Pray for all who die in the line of duty.
Let us pray that Kevin Ambrose is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.