Motorcycle Officer John F. Less

Motorcycle Officer John F. Less

St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, October 22, 1923

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John F. Less

Motorcycle Officer John Less was shot and killed by an ex-convict he was attempting to arrest at the intersection of 3rd Street and Felix Street.

The man was wanted for escaping from officers the previous day while he was being arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison on May 27th, 1924. He was paroled on January 20, 1953.

Officer Less had served with the St. Joseph Police Department for one year.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 19, 1923
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1953

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Officer Less,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Joseph.


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October 22, 2023

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