Patrolman Richard Lewis Chatburn

Patrolman Richard Lewis Chatburn

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, September 23, 1962

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Richard Lewis Chatburn

Patrolman Richard Chatburn was accidentally shot and killed while investigating a possible prowler at the Northwest Motorcycle shop at 2200 Truman Road.

While checking the back door of the business, the owner who mistook Patrolman Chatburn for a prowler, shot through the back door with a 12 gauge shotgun, hitting Officer Chatburn in the chest and killing him.

Patrolman Chatburn was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 19 months. He was survived by his wife and three month old daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 7 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Not available

mistaken identity

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My friend Richard Chatburn,
I think of you often around Sept when you gave your life for the great city of Kansas City. I along with PO Billy Reed, Richard Hodel, Sgt. John Bartlett were with you at 4400 Truman Road,not 2200 Truman Road. Rest in peace my friend. You are not forgotten.

Sgt, George Stone
Kansas City, Mo. Police Dept.

May 31, 2015

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