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City Marshal James Ryan | Warrensburg Police Department, Missouri Warrensburg Police Department, Missouri

City Marshal

James Ryan

Warrensburg Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, April 19, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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City Marshal James Ryan and Officer James Basham were shot and killed, and another officer was wounded, while escorting a man to the Hotel Estes on South Holden Street near the railroad terminal.

The subject was believed to be drunk, and possibly high on cocaine as the result of recent dental work. The officers had been notified of his pending arrival by telegraph from a nearby town and met him at the train station. As the officers walked him up the stairs he suddenly pulled out a gun, turned, and opened fire on them.

Marshal Ryan and Officer Basham were both shot and killed and the third officer was wounded. The subject was also wounded by return fire. He fled up the stairs and committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.

Marshal Ryan had been elected marshal three years earlier. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Officer James E. Basham
Warrensburg Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, April 20, 1908
Cause: Gunfire

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Thank you Pat. We are nearing completion of the memorial wall. If you would like me to send you a picture of it when it's completed, you can contact me at the Warrensburg, MO police department and leave your contact information.

Chief Rich Lockhart
Warrensburg, MO Police
June 30, 2016


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