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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Patrolman Chatburn,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

September 23, 2022

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