Night Policeman Ottis Laduke Durkee

Night Policeman Ottis Laduke Durkee

Chetopa Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 31, 1933

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Ottis Laduke Durkee

Policeman Ottis Durkee was shot and killed by a group of prison escapees when he caught them attempting to steal a tire for their getaway car at 1:30 am.

A total of eleven convicts escaped from the state penitentiary and broke into two groups. It is believed that Policeman Durkee was shot and killed when he discovered one of the groups in an auto store.

Policeman Durkee was a United States Army WWI veteran and a Justice of the Peace. He was survived by his wife and two children, his mother, four sisters, and a brother.

He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, Kansas.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

escapee, robbery in progress, theft

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Officer Durkee,
On today, the 90th 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. Army during World War I.


United States Border Patrol

May 31, 2023

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