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Patrolman Arthur M. Dorsett | Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

Arthur M. Dorsett

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, August 6, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 50 years

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Patrolman Dorsett was shot and killed and another officer was wounded when they attempted to arrest a local preacher for stealing a dog. The suspect was arrested the next day.

On October 4, 1917, the last day of the suspects trial, Patrolman Dorsett's wife produced a gun; shot and seriously wounded the suspect in the court room. Court officers subdued her as spectators cried "shoot him again, shoot him again". The suspect was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Patrolman Dorsett was survived by his wife.

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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 96th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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.

When someone has murdered your beloved family member in the line of duty, rage becomes a common feeling. Some control it, others cannot but we have all felt it.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 1, 2013

 

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