Sergeant Richard James Asten

Sergeant Richard James Asten

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, June 11, 1998

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Richard James Asten

Sergeant Richard Asten was killed after being intentionally struck by a stolen vehicle on 98th Street near the entrance to the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds.

He was attempting to deploy stop sticks in the street when the driver of a Chevrolet Blazer intentionally turned and struck him, throwing him 250 feet down the street. The driver then crashed while attempting to make a turn after striking Sergeant Asten. He was arrested at the scene.

The 26-year-old man, wanted for burglary, was convicted of Sergeant Asten's murder and was sentenced to 38 years in prison without the possibility of parole. His release date is September 16, 2033, but could be extended due to his terrible disciplinary record.

Sergeant Asten had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 1508

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 38 years

spike strips, stolen vehicle

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Hey cousin, It's been 25 years. I apologize for not saying anything until now. Although you and Lori were older than me, it seemed that we always had a connection. I'll never forget the stories you told me. ( true or not true). Knowing some of the people that I know now, I tend to lean more toward the true part. Growing up Lori always told me that I got the s***ty end of the lollipop. You would always agree with her. Lol, how true that was. I always tell stories about you and being an officer who became a sergeant. I even tell the story of your departure. How heroic you were. I am proud to call you my cousin. Thank you for all the great conversations and always being there for your family. The fair grounds aren't there anymore, but your name is. R.I.P Cousin. For all you officers out there, thank you all for your sacrifice each and every day to keep us safe. Myself as well as just about everyone I know, we all have your 6. #backtheblue. Sincerely, Your cousin.

Shawn McDowell

July 21, 2023

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