Brad Lancaster, the Kansas City, Kan., detective who was fatally shot Monday, excelled at practically everything he did.
And he loved being a police officer, his mother, Carolynn Lancaster, said Monday.
“I tried to discourage it,” she said, “but I knew how dedicated he was.”
Lancaster, 39, was among the top students in his graduating class in 1994 from West Platte High School in Weston.
After high school he joined the Air Force, where he was a military police officer. He served two tours of duty overseas, including one in Kuwait, before setting his sights on a career in law enforcement.
Lancaster graduated among the top of his class in a law enforcement academy, his mother said. After a brief stint with the Platte County sheriff’s office, he joined the Kansas City, Kan., department.
The only thing he loved more than work, his mother said, was his family, which included his wife and two daughters. He enjoyed taking vacations and spending time with loved ones, including an older sister and numerous other relatives.
Lancaster didn’t talk a lot about his job, his mother said.
“He worked hard and would help anybody. ... If somebody did wrong, then he was out there trying to get them.”
A candlelight vigil for Lancaster is planned for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kansas City, Kan., City Hall.