Crime

KC area officers who died in the line of duty

Kansas City, Kan., police officers, including Shenee Davis (middle) saluted the American flag during a 2014 memorial service for officers killed in the line of duty.
Kansas City, Kan., police officers, including Shenee Davis (middle) saluted the American flag during a 2014 memorial service for officers killed in the line of duty. Kansas City Star file photo

History records 180 deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty in the Kansas City area.

May 9, 2016: Detective Brad Lancaster, Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, gunfire

June 3, 2011: Master Patrolman Jefferson Taylor, Riverside Police Division, weather/natural disaster

May 9, 2001: Officer Craig W. Schultz, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

March 17, 2001: Officer Terry Eugene Foster, Independence Police Department, gunfire

June 11, 1998: Sgt. Richard James Asten, Kansas City Police Department, vehicular assault

Jan. 14, 1998: Officer Thomas Richard Meyers, Kansas City Police Department, vehicular assault

June 13, 1995: Deputy Sheriff Kevin M. Mayse, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, vehicle pursuit

May 2, 1992: Sgt. James Martin Leach, Kansas City Police Department, vehicular assault

Dec. 1, 1992: Sgt. Jack Steven Shepley, Kansas City Police Department, aircraft accident

Dec. 1, 1992: Officer Stephen Allen Faulkner, Kansas City Police Department, aircraft accident

July 13, 1991: Patrolman Donald Burton Gamblin Jr., Shawnee Police Department, vehicular assault

Feb. 13, 1991: Officer Chandler Sumner, Harrisonville Police Department, duty-related illness

Nov. 15, 1990: Sgt. Robert Michael Watts, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

Aug. 1, 1989: Officer Jeffrey A. Young, Kansas City Police Department, vehicular assault

Jan. 10, 1989: Juvenile Officer Charles F. West, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, gunfire

Jan. 31, 1986: Officer Maureen Kelly Murphy, Bonner Springs Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 26, 1985: Officer Deanna Hummel Rose, Overland Park Police Department, vehicular assault

Aug. 4, 1984: Deputy Sheriff James L. Reynolds, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, vehicle pursuit

May 1, 1983: Officer Charles David Hartman, Lee’s Summit Police Department, drowned

Dec. 13, 1983: Patrolman Phillip Allen Miller, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

March 29, 1983: Patrolman Douglas E. Bunch, Kansas City Police Department, heart attack

May 25, 1980: Patrolman David Joseph Inlow, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 8, 1980: Detective Melvin E. Miller, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, struck by vehicle

July 28, 1978: Reserve Officer Michael E. Haen, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

Dec. 12, 1978: Officer John J. O’Sullivan, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 6, 1978: Patrolman Douglas Alan Perry, Kansas City Police Department, struck by vehicle

March 10, 1976: Officer Warren Gene Jackman, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 2, 1975: Officer Russell D. Mestdagh, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Nov. 24, 1975: Patrolman Charles Curtis Massey, Jr., Kansas City Police Department, automobile accident

Sept. 24, 1973: Reserve Deputy Virgil H. McGee, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, gunfire

April 21, 1972: Patrolman Francis E. Wirt, Harrisonville Police Department, gunfire

April 21, 1972: Patrolman Donald Lee Marler, Harrisonville Police Department, gunfire

Oct. 14, 1971: Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans, Kansas City Police Department, struck by vehicle

April 3, 1971: Detective Gerald A. Foote, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, automobile accident

Jan. 8, 1969: Patrolman Roger Lutcher, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

July 4, 1969: Patrolman Richard Dean Bird, Kansas City Police Department, vehicle pursuit

July 21, 1969: Patrolman John Edward Dacy, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 10, 1969: Patrolman James William Glenn, Kansas City Police Department, aircraft accident

Nov. 26, 1968: Patrolman Ronald D. Yoakum, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

April 12, 1968: Patrolman Marion Richard Bowman, Kansas City Police Department, heart attack

Feb. 2, 1968: Patrolman Hugh Levon Butler, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

April 12, 1968: Patrolman George Edward Lanigan, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 12, 1968: Patrolman David Campbell Woodson, Kansas City Police Department, automobile accident

April 18, 1968: Officer Larry D. Oliver, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

Feb. 5, 1968: Chief of Police Michael Donald Onka, Sugar Creek Police Department, gunfire

Oct. 31, 1966: Lieutenant David Joe Kraxner, Independence Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 5, 1963: Sgt. Harry V. Hedrick, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 23, 1962: Patrolman Richard Lewis Chatburn, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

Aug. 28, 1961: Corporal Arthur J. Marti, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

July 15, 1960: Sgt. Kieffer C. Burris, Kansas City Police Department, drowned

July 15, 1960: Patrolman Herbert E. Bybee, Kansas City Police Department, drowned

Nov. 24, 1960: Patrolman Bennie A. Hudson, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 28, 1960: Deputy Sheriff Elmer Marion “Okie” Parmer, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, electrocuted

Oct. 2, 1957: Patrolman Richard Vance Reeves, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

March 19, 1957: Patrolman Richard Coldren, Leavenworth Police Department, gunfire

March 4, 1956: Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Mendina, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, vehicular assault

May 7, 1955: Patrolman William Kenner, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Nov. 19, 1955: Deputy Sheriff Wesley G. Walden, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, automobile accident

Feb. 22, 1954: Patrolman Mike N. Pearson, Kansas City Police Department, automobile accident

Aug. 29, 1954: Deputy Sheriff Maurice A. Bedell, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, gunfire

June 23, 1952: Deputy Sheriff Willard N. Carver, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, gunfire

Dec. 20, 1951: Patrolman Clyde William Harrison, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 23, 1949: Patrolman Robert Delaine Edmunds, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

Sept. 27, 1948: Sgt. William S. Wells, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 20, 1948: Patrolman Sandy William Washington, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Feb. 12, 1948: Patrolman Fred Shaumeyer, Kansas City Police Department, Fall

June 28, 1948: Patrolman Floyd N. Montgomery, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 20, 1948: Patrolman Charles William Neaves, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 20, 1948: Patrolman Charles H. Perrine, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 23, 1947: Patrolman James Haskel Owens, Kansas City Police Department, assault

July 4, 1945: Patrolman Melvon Litton Huff, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

Aug. 2, 1943: Officer Edward F. Nugent, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

June 13, 1942: Patrolman Arthur J. Morris, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 27, 1941: Patrolman Ralph R. Miller, Kansas City Police Department, vehicle pursuit

Nov. 21, 1938: Patrolman Henry S. Shipe, Kansas City Police Department, automobile accident

April 9, 1938: Deputy Sheriff Odus Sisk, Ray County Sheriff’s Department, gunfire

June 25, 1937: Patrolman Thomas J. McAuliffe, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

June 19, 1937: Patrolman Lawrence Kenton Morrison, Kansas City Police Department, vehicle pursuit

April 8, 1936: Patrolman William T. Cavanaugh, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 9, 1936: Patrolman Frank S. Stevens, Kansas City Police Department, accidental

Sept. 15, 1935: Patrolman Frank P. Franano, Kansas City Police Department, struck by train

Aug. 30, 1934: Patrolman William Edward Wood, Kansas City Police Department, struck by vehicle

Feb. 19, 1934: Patrolman John Ruffolo, Kansas City Police Department, struck by vehicle

Nov. 26, 1934: Patrolman Grant Victor Schroder, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

March 27, 1934: Deputy Sheriff Lee Flacy, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, gunfire

July 29, 1933: Sgt. Morris Bigus, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 18, 1933: Sgt. Eric O. Bjorkback, Kansas City Police Department, vehicle pursuit

Jan. 10, 1933: Patrolman Richard E. Fitzgerald, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

Jan. 23, 1933: Patrolman Leroy Van Meter, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Feb. 4, 1933: Patrolman Bailey Bell, Leavenworth Police Department, gunfire

June 17, 1933: Detective William J. Grooms, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

June 17, 1933: Detective Frank E. Hermanson, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

July 29, 1932: Patrolman Ernest Gough, Leavenworth Police Department, gunfire

Feb. 8, 1932: Detective Oliver P. Carpenter, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 6, 1931: Deputy Sheriff Frank Rohrbach, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, gunfire

Nov. 29, 1930: Deputy Sheriff Louis Anthony Olivero, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, gunfire

Dec. 8, 1929: Patrolman William Hicks, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 17, 1929: Patrolman Ralph Hinds, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Oct. 23, 1929: Patrolman George Robert Johnson, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

Dec. 4, 1929: Patrolman Charles H. Dingman, Jr., Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

June 14, 1928: Patrolman James Smith, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 12, 1926: Patrolman William Conley, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 16, 1926: Patrolman John W. Leiter, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

May 16, 1926: Patrolman John V. Kincaid, Kansas City Police Department, vehicle pursuit

Feb. 27, 1925: Patrolman Albert B. Cummings, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 1, 1924: Sgt. Dennis J. Whalen, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 3, 1924: Patrolman Jack P. Wilcox, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

April 6, 1924: Patrolman Emmet C. Barnes, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 22, 1924: Patrolman Barney Jasper, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 20, 1924: Detective Rudolph “Rudy” Markl, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

March 7, 1924: Detective George E. Lawson, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 3, 1923: Patrolman Wright Dewey Bryant, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Feb. 13, 1923: Patrolman William C. Zinn, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Feb. 19, 1923: Patrolman Willard Laurence Ferguson, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 19, 1923: Patrolman Thomas J. Wilson, Kansas City Police Department, struck by vehicle

Feb. 3, 1923: Patrolman Hershal M. Wyatt, Kansas City Police Department, automobile accident

Sept. 1, 1922: Sgt. Elmer E. Biggs, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Nov. 5, 1922: Patrolman Richard P. McDonald, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 26, 1922: Patrolman George Gilbert Barton, Sr., Independence Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 1, 1922: Patrolman Fred C. Wheeler, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 23, 1922: Patrolman C. LeRoy Damron, Bonner Springs Police Department, gunfire

Feb. 11, 1921: Patrolman Willard C. Bayne, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 15, 1921: Patrolman Gerald L. Fackert, Kansas City Police Department, automobile accident

July 18, 1921: Patrolman Carl J. Bickett, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 1, 1921: Acting Sgt. James N. Brink, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

May 9, 1920: Patrolman William H. Scobee, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

July 23, 1920: Patrolman James H. Horn, Kansas City Police Department, automobile accident

July 14, 1920: Patrolman Frank S. Archer, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

April 20, 1920: Officer Ula A. MacMahan, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

July 20, 1919: Patrolman John Middleton Starnes, Leavenworth Police Department, assault

April 22, 1919: Patrolman Isaac Fenno, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Oct. 20, 1919: Patrolman Frederick F. Tierney, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 10, 1918: Patrolman Michael Y. Sayeg, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

March 18, 1918: Patrolman Harry J. Keating, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

Dec. 16, 1918: Patrolman Frank Mansfield, Kansas City Police Department, automobile accident

July 26, 1917: Patrolman Harris W. West, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

Aug. 6, 1917: Patrolman Arthur M. Dorsett, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 8, 1916: Patrolman William Arthur Spangler, Kansas City Police Department, assault

Dec. 23, 1916: Patrolman John F. Houlehan, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

July 10, 1916: Patrolman James M. Karr, Jr., Rosedale Police Depatment, gunfire

Aug. 24, 1916: Patrolman Glen Marshall, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Jan. 31, 1915: Patrolman William L. “Dutch” Hauserman, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Feb. 20, 1915: Night Patrolman Clarence Poindexter, Pleasant Hill Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 1, 1914: Patrolman Samuel H. Holmes, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

Jan. 24, 1913: Probationary Officer Bernard C. McKernan, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Nov. 23, 1913: Patrolman William Franklin Koger, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Feb. 28, 1913: Patrolman Homer Riggle, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 4, 1913: Patrolman Andrew Lynch, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 10, 1912: Patrolman Robert L. Marshall, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

March 28, 1911: Patrolman Joseph Raimo, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Aug. 26, 1911: Patrolman Homer L. Darling, Kansas City Police Department, motorcycle accident

July 2, 1911: Constable Andrew King, Fishing River Township Constable’s Office, assault

Jan. 12, 1910: Policeman Warren G. Devinish, Leavenworth Police Department, gunfire

July 2, 1910: Merchant Policeman Ambrose Donahue, Leavenworth Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 8, 1908: Patrolman Michael P. Mullane, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Dec. 8, 1908: Patrolman Albert O. Dolbow, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

June 5, 1906: Detective John Dwyer, Kansas City Police Department, fall

March 22, 1905: Patrolman William P. Mulvihill, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

Feb. 20, 1904: Patrolman Frank C. McGinnis, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 16, 1903: Patrolman Stephen O. Flanagan, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

June 2, 1903: Patrolman Joseph P. Keenan, Kansas City Police Department, drowned

Jan. 24, 1903: Patrolman Alexander R. McKinney, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

Sept. 2, 1902: Sgt. William Morris, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 6, 1902: Sgt. Frank McNamara, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 19, 1901: Patrolman Joseph Zannelli, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

Aug. 20, 1900: Sheriff John Henry Dillingham, Platte County Sheriff’s Department, gunfire

Aug. 26, 1897: Patrolman John E. Jacobson, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

July 25, 1897: Officer Richard C. Fleming, Kansas City Police Department, assault

Jan. 1, 1892: Patrolman John Martin, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 13, 1889: Detective John W. Gilley, Kansas City Police Department, stabbed

May 8, 1866: Policeman John Curry, Leavenworth Police Department, stabbed

Jan. 16, 1884: Chief John M. Swearingen, Independence Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

April 3, 1882: Patrolman Patrick Jones, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

May 16, 1882: Patrolman Fred B. Houghton, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire (accidental)

Dec. 30, 1881: Patrolman Martin Hynes, Kansas City Police Department, gunfire

June 15, 1879: City Marshal Samuel Bucher, Westport Marshal’s Office, gunfire

Feb. 10, 1877: Deputy Marshal Henry H. Hughes, Independence Police Department, gunfire

May 23, 1867: Jailer Barry G. Griffin, Ray County Sheriff’s Department, gunfire

May 23, 1867: Deputy Sheriff George Frank S. Griffin, Ray County Sheriff’s Department, gunfire

June 13, 1866: Jailer Henry Bugler, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, gunfire

Source: Officer Down Memorial Page, http://www.odmp.org/

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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