Night Policeman Otto Laduke Durkee

Night Policeman Otto Laduke Durkee

Chetopa Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 31, 1933

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Otto Laduke Durkee

Policeman Otto Durkee was shot and killed by a group of prison escapees when he caught them attempting to steel a tire for their getaway car. A total of eleven convicts escaped from the state penitentiary and broke into two groups. It is believed that Policeman Durkee was shot and killed when he discovered one of the groups in an auto store.

Policeman Durkee was a WWI veteran and a Justice of the Peace. He was survived by his wife and two children, his mother, four sisters, and a brother. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, Kansas.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace Night Watchman Durkee.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 30, 2019

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