Patrolman William H. Scobee

Patrolman William H. Scobee

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, May 9, 1920

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William H. Scobee

Patrolman Scobee was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious man in a vehicle in front of 800 East 14th Street. While Patrolman Scobee was questioning the suspect, three men snuck up and shot him in the back. It was later learned that the three suspects had just attacked a young girl and robbed her when they broke into her home.

All three suspects were arrested and charged with murder and robbery. At trial the judge stated that just because three men murdered Patrolman Scobee after three men robbed and attacked the girl at about the same time and near where Patrolman Scobee was killed did not prove they were the same men. Because additional evidence was questionable he dismissed the charges. At their trial involving the girl she stated she could not understand why the men were in her home but she was not robbed or attacked. Those charges were dismissed also. The murder case remains unsolved.

Patrolman Scobee had five years of law enforcement experience and was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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Patrolman Scobee,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kansas City.


United States Border Patrol

May 9, 2020

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