Candlelight vigil planned for fallen KCK Detective Brad Lancaster

Detective Brad Lancaster, Kansas City, Kan., Police Department
Detective Brad Lancaster, Kansas City, Kan., Police Department

A candlelight vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to celebrate the life of Detective Brad Lancaster, who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

The vigil will be at Kansas City, Kansas, City Hall, 701 N. Seventh St., according the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4.

Lancaster, a nine-year veteran of the KCK Police Department, died Monday afternoon after a recent parolee allegedly shot him near the Kansas Speedway.

Police were checking on a suspicious man near 110th Street and Village West Parkway about 12:15 p.m. Monday. The man ran north across a large field toward the speedway when police tried to stop him.

Lancaster, who was in the area, was in his unmarked car along an outer road south of the speedway.

Lancaster was shot several times in an exchange of gunfire.

He died about 3:30 p.m. at the hospital.

Lancaster’s mother, Carolynn Lancaster, said the only thing he loved more than work 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’s death was the first death of a Kansas City, Kan., police officer in the line of duty since 1998, when Sgt. Richard James Asten was hit by a stolen vehicle while attempting to deploy a device to puncture its tires.

There have been 180 deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty in the Kansas City area.

Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler on Tuesday morning thanked the community for the show of support.

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