Patrolman Hugh Levon Butler

Patrolman Hugh Levon Butler

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, February 2, 1968

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Hugh Levon Butler

Patrolman Hugh Butler was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a tavern at 3502 Troost Street to investigate a report of a man with a gun.

When they arrived at the tavern, they were met with gunfire and exchanged fire with the gunman. Patrolman Butler was killed, his partner was wounded, and the gunman was seriously wounded. Four days later, it was determined that Patrolman Butler's partner had accidentally shot him.

Patrolman Butler was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Kansas City Police Department for four years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

arrest attempt, friendly fire, weapons violation

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Remembering my brother today. A beautiful, honest man who was always protective of others and me.

I was always so proud of my big brother “Butch”.

~ Catherine Carol Aliff

20 years civilian service with the KCPD

January 13, 2024

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