Special Officer John P. Cates

Special Officer John P. Cates

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, June 7, 1911

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John P. Cates

Special Officer John Cates was shot and killed in Wellington, Kansas, while attempting to arrest three men who were stealing merchandise from a freight train. A suspect was arrested in Wichita six months later. No further information about him or the other two.

Officer Cates had served with the ATSF Railroad Police for three years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available


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Officer Cates,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

June 7, 2021

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