Probationary Officer Bernard C. McKernan

Probationary Officer Bernard C. McKernan

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, January 24, 1914

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Bernard C. McKernan

Probationary Officer Bernard McKernan was found dead from gunshot wounds in an ally near 441 East 11th Street.

Minutes later, a man was found lying on a lawn near 13th Street and Wabash Avenue. He had been shot in the hip, and Officer McKernan's revolver was beside him. He said a woman ran by him and dropped the revolver as she passed. He said when he picked it up, it accidentally discharged, the bullet hitting his hip. Detectives put slight credence in his story, but there is no record that he was ever charged.

Officer McKernan had served with the Kansas City Police Department for eight weeks. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Officer McKernan,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kansas City.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 24, 2024

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