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Patrolman James Smith | Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

James Smith

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, June 14, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/14/1928

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Executed in 1930

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Patrolman James Smith was shot and killed by robbery suspects.

Three bank robbers attempted a theft in broad daylight at the Home Trust Company on Walnut Street. Tear gas was tossed inside by the police, forcing them to flee. In the process, they wounded five bystanders, and an elderly man suffered a fatal heart attack from the shock.

Patrolman Smith and his partner were working their posts at 11th and Walnut, and 10th and Walnut, when the robbers rushed by. Patrolman Smith was shot and fatally wounded, and his partner was also wounded as he was directing traffic. The robbers were caught several days later. All three suspects were hanged July 25, 1930.

Patrolman Smith had been employed with the Kansas City Police Department for 14 years.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
June 15, 2012

 

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