Detective John W. Gilley

Detective John W. Gilley

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Monday, May 13, 1889

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John W. Gilley

Detective John Gilley was stabbed to death while sitting in a courtroom attending a hearing for two suspects he had arrested.

One of the suspects was sitting behind Detective Gilley and produced a knife and stabbed Detective Gilley in the back of the neck. Detective Gilley and two other detectives opened fire on the suspect, killing him. Detective Gilley succumbed to his wound two days later.

The second suspect escaped during the turmoil and was never captured.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 11, 1889
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 13, 2015

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