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.

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

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

Sergeant Asten is survived by his wife, two daughters, two step sons, and a step daughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Hey, Richard! I used to work at the Seven Eleven at 2500 Central Avenue. You are - and I mean ARE! - A ROCK STAR FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS EVERYWHERE! I had long hair, looked like a pot-headed hippie (NEVER did illegal drugs) and YOU showed me RESPECT. Just a guy into hair bands in those days, and YOU made a difference in my life. I kept my nose clean, never DID DRUGS AND always RESPECTED OTHER PEOPLE. You SHOWED ME, BY YOUR ACTIONS that law enforcement officers are outstanding, just-minded and are human. ALWAYS a perfect officer! I know you loved my S&W model 686, with the laser site and I deeply wish I could give it to you now, but you are playing WAY better than me! Love you bunches, my brother. I'll see you again, soon.

John Miles

September 20, 2015

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