Sergeant Richard James Asten

Sergeant Richard James Asten

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, June 11, 1998

Richard James Asten

Sergeant Richard Asten was killed after being intentionally struck by a stolen vehicle on 98th Street near the entrance to the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds.

He was attempting to deploy stop sticks in the street when the driver of a Chevrolet Blazer intentionally turned and struck him, throwing him 250 feet down the street. The driver then crashed while attempting to make a turn after striking Sergeant Asten. He was arrested at the scene.

The man was convicted of Sergeant Asten's murder and was sentenced to 38 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sergeant Asten had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 1508

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 38 years

stolen vehicle, stop sticks

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I still remember you, Rick! You are NEVER forgotten. I will do my best to live up to what we talked about, your advice is well remembered. I would love to meet your family and let them know I am REAL. I met your wife in 1996 at the Evergreen restaurant. I had the long hair back then!!! I'll do my best to live up to the promise this page is about. I still remember "Rainbow Bright" sir! Love you so much, J...

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April 1, 2018

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