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Detective John W. Gilley | Kansas City Police Department, Kansas Kansas City Police Department, Kansas


John W. Gilley

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Monday, May 13, 1889

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 5/11/1889

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective John Gilley was stabbed to death while sitting in a courtroom attending a hearing for two suspects he had arrested.

One of the suspects was sitting behind Detective Gilley and produced a knife and stabbed Detective Gilley in the back of the neck. Detective Gilley and two other detectives opened fire on the suspect, killing him. Detective Gilley succumbed to his wound two days later.

The second suspect escaped during the turmoil and was never captured.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 13, 2015


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