Patrolman Dennis J. Whalen

Patrolman Dennis J. Whalen

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, January 1, 1924

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Dennis J. Whalen

Patrolman Dennis Whalen was shot and killed while questioning two men in a pawn shop at 1519 East 18th Street.

The men had entered and attempted to pawn a watch but refused the amount offered. Patrolman Whalen, who was in the store, asked to see the watch. A struggle ensued and one of the men shot him.

He was taken to a local hospital where he died the following day.

Patrolman Whalen had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 34 years and had been reappointed as a patrolman after retiring as a captain. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and three brothers.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 34 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 31, 1923
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Karen Petree
Kansas City Police Department, MO

January 11, 2015

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