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Patrolman Ronald D. Yoakum | Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

Ronald D. Yoakum

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 26, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 10 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/26/1968

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Paroled in 1997

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Patrolman Yoakum was shot and killed after responding with two other officers to a disturbance. The first officer to arrive entered without backup and was disarmed by a suspect inside. When Patrolman Yoakum and his partner arrived, Patrolman Yoakum was shot and killed and his partner was wounded.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled in 1997. On February 11, 1998, he was charged with violating his parole after he was jailed for assaulting a Missouri state trooper who pulled him over for speeding.

Patrolman Yoakum had been with the agency 10 months and served as a member of the Corps of Military Police for the United States Army.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Laslater was a fellow police officer 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

You were so very young and I am so sorry you were robbed of your life at such a young age.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 13, 2012

 

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