Died in the Line of Duty


Policeman Is Wounded

Negro Assailant Fled, Leaving Gun and Hat

Kansas City, Kan., Aug 2 - Edward F. Nugent, 34, city policeman was shot in the back of the head and critically wounded by a negro he had arrested for annoying a white woman.

Off duty, Nugent arrested the negro at the request of Miss Elizabeth Maze, 18, Topeka, airplane factory worker, who said the man had attempted to force her into an alley as she waited for a bus. In Nugent's car the negro drew a gun and fired. He fled, leaving his hat and a revolver.

Nugent was a former bookkeeper at the state penitentiary. (Lawrence Journal World, August 2, 1943, page 3)

Is Charged with Murder

Negro Alleged to have Shot Kansas City Policeman

Kansas City, Kan., Aug. 6 - Clark B. Knox, 26, was charged with first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Edward F. Nugent, a policeman, early Sunday.

Nugent was shot in the back of the head by a Negro he was driving to the police station on complaint of a young woman who said the man had attempted to force her into an alley.

C. M. Terbovich, county attorney, said Knox had signed a statement admitting he had shot Nugent but denying he had annoyed the girl. (Lawrence Journal World, August 6, 1943, page 2)


Fleeing Car Kills Cyclist

Lawrence, Kas. - A motorcyclist was killed by a speeding car near here Saturday night, and a deputy sheriff was electrocuted by a fallen power line in an aftermath of the accident.

The dead are Robert Lee Farmer, 20, of Lawrence, the cyclist, and Deputy Sheriff Elmer M. Parmer, 26, of Tonganoxie.

Parmer had radioed the sheriff's office in Leavenworth that he intended to stop a car traveling on U.S. 24-40 whose occupants appeared to be drinking. Parmer chased the car about eight miles before it went out of control veered across the highway and struck the motorcyclist, Farmer, head on. The car then swerved into the power pole and knocked down the wires.

The driver, Thomas A. Thompson, 25, of Kansas City, Kans. Was treated for abrasions and was arrested by Leavenworth County officers on charges of speeding, having an open liquor bottle, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

A passenger in the car, Daniel Frank Miller, 20, of Kansas City, Kas., suffered a head injury, but was reported in satisfactory condition at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Three other occupants of the car fled on foot, and were being sought.

A truck driver, Miles Roy Chipman, 28, of Blooming Grove, Tex., who was helping Parmer with the wires, suffered burns on several parts of his body. (Iola Register, August 29, 1960, page 1)


Medicine Lodge Publisher, Banker, Killed in Collision

Russell, Kan. - Dec. 18 - Two well known Kansans and a Kansas highway patrolman were killed and three Walker Army air base soldiers seriously injured in a head-on collision of two automobiles on highway US-40, five miles west of here Saturday night.

The dead are: Cloyce M. Hamilton, 35, publisher of the Barber County Index at Medicine Lodge; W. R. McCulley, 33 president of the Medicine Lodge First National Bank, Maurice R. Plummer, 41, Hays, highway patrolman in the Russell district.
The injured servicemen who were riding with the patrolman are Cpl. John K. Morgan, 24, Florida, critically injured, Cpl. Lonnie J. Brock, 23, Gainesville, Fla.; Pfc. Jack Pearson, 35, Hobart, Okla. All are in the Walker Air Base hospital. (Emporia Gazette, December 18, 1944, page 1)


Family of Dead Officer Asks $4,250 from Pratt

Pratt, June 29 - As a result of the death of William Rich, Pratt traffic officer, who died from injuries received when he was struck by a car driven by Dr. L. C. Joslin, a claim was filed with the city commissioners for his family by William and George Barrett attorneys.

The claim includes $4,000 compensation for death, $150 for funeral expenses and $100 for hospital and treatment expenses. No action was taken concerning the matter, the claim being turned over to E. R. Barnes, city attorney to ascertain whether the city is liable under existing laws.

Mr. Rich was in the center of the intersection at Second and Main streets, crouched down painting the "No U Turn" sign when Dr. Joslin's car struck him. (Hutchinson News, June 29, 1929, page 11)


Gridley Suspects Will Be Viewed by Officers

Wichita, Kas., May 7 - Coffey county officers were expected here this afternoon with officials of the Citizens State Bank of Gridley to attempt identification of three men held here as the trio who robbed the Girdley bank of $3,500 on May 2.
The men, Merriam A. Russell, John J. Russell, and David Kohler, were arrested here yesterday at the request of Sheriff A. A. Rickman of Burlington. Sheriff Rickman and County Attorney Joseph Ralston Jr. started to Wichita late yesterday but were called back to Burlington by news that Rickman's brother and undersheriff G. M. Rickman had been slain by a negro who later was killed by a posse. (Iola Daily Register, May 7, 1930, page 1)

Negro is Shot Down by Possee

Insane Man Had Killed Burlington Officer, Wounded Another

Burlington, Kas. May 7 - Shot to death as he offered to surrender to a posse, a Negro, who late yesterday fatally wounded G. N. Rickman, Coffey county undersheriff and shot George Griffith, city Marshal, today was identified as Clarence Hayes an escaped mental patient from a Kansas City Hospital.

Identification was established through a letter found in the slayer's pocket, Kansas City police reported that Hayes escaped from General Hospital No. 2 (Negro) Monday night and compelled J. Johnson a Negro taxicab driver to drive him to Burlington.
Undersheriff Rickman was shot as he attempted to arrest the Negro on complaints that he was terrorizing South Burlington citizens with a shotgun. As Rickman fell from the fatal volley, the slayer turned his weapon upon Marshal Griffith, inflicting gunshot wounds about his face. Griffith is expected to recover.

A posse headed by Deputy Sheriff John Enright and Elmer Williams, county assessor, started in pursuit of the slayer who in the meantime had barricaded himself in a vacant house. After resisting efforts of the armed citizenry he fled across several vacant lots exchanging shots with his pursuers as he ran.

With his ammunition exhausted he took refuge behind a grazing cow and offered to surrender. As he stepped into the range the posse opened fire, spending a score of rifle and pistol bullets and shotgun charges into his body.

County Attorney Jos. Ralston, Jr., and today he was advised that Hayes had written to his wife, who resides in this vicinity telling her he was coming after her and that unless she returned with him he would kill her.

How he obtained the weapons was not known.

The prosecutor said there would be no investigation of the deaths. Rickman, 32, was a brother of Sheriff A. A. Rickman who with Ralston was enroute to Wichita to view three Gridley, Kas., bank robber suspects at the time of yesterday's affray. The slain officer was unmarried. (Hutchinson News, May 7, 1930, page 12)


Wilson Pringle Shot

In Lawrence While Trying to Arrest Earl Bullock the Eighteen Year Old Bandit

Wilson Pringle, formerly of Belleville and son of the late J. W. Pringle, was shot and perhaps fatally wounded by Earl Bullock, who was resisting arrest at his home in Lawrence, Monday.

Wilson's brother, H. Pringle, of this city, was called to his brother's bedside Monday be telegram and has not returned as we are unable to tell the latter's condition at this time.

Young Bullock is the eighteen year old lad who single handed, robbed the Eudora State Bank of nearly $1,000 and boldly locked the cashier in the vault. He then returned to Lawrence and when Policeman Pringle went to arrest him at his rooming place he shot the officer, escaped and is still a fugitive from justice.

Letters which were found in a suit case which the boy left, indicate that he had been jilted by a sweetheart three weeks ago, since which time, his mother says he has not acted the same.

Wilson was an industrious young man, well liked in this vicinity and his many friends hope that his injuries will not prove fatal. (Belleville Telescope, October 15, 1909, page 1)

T. W. Pringle

The following article is taken from the Lawrence World relative the death of William Pringle whose death is the direct result of a bullet wound from the revolver of Ross Bullock who was resisting arrest.

But although his spirit was strong he was too exhausted from his fearful wound and at exactly 7:45 this morning he passed away. All Lawrence mourned the death of her valiant police officer and as soon as the word was around that he had met rest from his suffering the good people began planning to take care of the grieved widow and children.

Mayor Bishop called a special meeting of the city council for 10:30 o'clock. Every single councilman dropped his business to pay a last tribute to the memory of a faithful officer who had lost his life upholding the law of the city.

The Council discussed the matter offering a reward for the arrest of Bullock, the murderer, but after due consideration decided rather to use the money in caring for Pringle's family. The city voted a full salary to the family of the officer for the month and to pay all the hospital and funeral expenses of the deceased, as a small part of the debt of gratitude the city owned for his services.

Before adjourning they passed the following resolution of respect and sympathy:

Whereas, T. W. Pringle, a brave and valiant police officer while in the performance of his duty in the protection of life and property was on Monday October 11, 1909 without a moment's warning or a chance to protect himself cruelly shot down by the hand of an assassin and, Whereas, from the effects of said gun shot wound the said T. W. Pringle on the 16th day of October 1909 died and Whereas, this astrocious act has shocked and horrified the entire city of Lawrence and Whereas, it is highly fitting for the Mayor and City Council to take some official action and give tribute of its esteem to the worth of this officer so cruelly murdered while performing his duty as a policeman in and for the city of Lawrence.

Now, therefore be it resolved that we the Mayor and the City Council in special session assembled hereby express our regret of the death of the said T. W. Pringle and extend to his stricken family our heartfelt sympathy and hereby order and direct that copy of this resolution be spread in full upon the official records of the city of Lawrence and that a copy be delivered to the wife and family of the deceased and that a copy of the same be duly published in the official paper of the city of Lawrence.

The funeral of Wilson Pringle will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Methodist Church, Dr. Wolf will preach the funeral sermon. Mayor Bishop and the City Council will attend in a body while the members of the city police force will act as pall bearers. The burial will be made in Oakhill Cemetery.

Wilson Pringle was born June 11, 1868. He lived in Belleville, Kansas for many years, moving from there to Lawrence. He was appointed to the police force by Mayor Barker March 1st, succeeding Officer Redmond. He was an unusually capable and efficient officer.

He leaves a wife and three children all of whom are grown, Clark S el a, and Cella the latter being married. He also leaves a brother H. S. Pringle of Belleville who is here and Mrs. Harry Hetzel and Mrs. Wenger of this city.

All of the banks and merchants along the street have offered to make large contributions to the fund and it is thought that the thousand dollars can be raised in a few days. Mr. Pringle himself left but $1,000. This was carried in the Fraternal Aid and will be promptly paid.

The death of Pringle makes Bullock a murderer as well as a bank robber and the efforts to cath him have been redoubled. Mayor Bishop telephoned Governor Stubbs asking that the state put a $200 reward on Bullock's head, dead or alive. The governor replied favorably. The county also intends to place a $100 reward for his arrest as soon as the commissioners meet. Will the $250 already up by the Banker's Protective Association this will make a reward for his capture dead or alive of $550. (Belleville Telescope and Belleville Freeman, October 22, 1909, page 6)


Officer Murdered at Camp Funston

Laundry Supt. Kills Patrolman While Intoxicated

Investigation is Under Way

San Gifford and Milton Moorehead being held

Drunken Men Jumped on Officer's Head When he Attempted an Arrest

Manhattan, Kas., March 11 - While placing San Gifford, formerly of Leavenworth, Kas., but now assistant superintendent of the laundry at Camp Funston under arrest in the city park here about 7 o'clock last night, Marion Ross, night officer, was beaten to death by Gifford and a man named Milton Moorehead, foreman of the Funston laundry, according to an announcement this morning by Lee Turner, chief of police.

Gifford it is alleged by Chief Turner, was intoxicated when Ross attempted to arrest him. When Ross got Gifford on his feet, Gifford struck him down, according to Chief Turner. Moorehead who is from Grand Island, Nebraska, then jumped onto the night officer's head. Death resulted at once or while Rose was on the way to the hospital, it is said.

Gifford and Moorehead are being held pending the announcement of an inquest and further investigations. (Iola Daily Register, March 11, 1918, page 1)


Earl Scothorn, aged 32 years died yesterday in Bethany hospital at Kansas City. He was formerly a police officer in Lawrence and at the time of his death was an employee of the Santa Fe railroad and made his home at Olathe. He is survived by his wife and one child.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

In 1922 Scothorn was a member of the local police force and prior to that time had been connected with the fire department. He left the force here to take a position as special officer for the Santa Fe in Kansas City and several weeks ago received injuries in an accident in the yards there which caused his death.

When in Lawrence he made his home with his step-father H. J. Meuffles, 1332 Connecticut street. (Lawrence Journal World, November 14, 1927, page 2)


Deputy Sheriff is Killed In Accident

Arkansas City, Kan. - Robert H. Vest, 40, of Arkansas City, was killed Friday night when his car skidded off U.S. 166 and overturned nine miles east of here.

Vest was a Cowley County Sheriff's Deputy. (Iola Register, January 20, 1964, page 3)


Special Agent Killed: W. E. Waers, a special agent for the Rock Island railroad, who was murdered at Herington last week, was at one time a resident of Lyons, having been engaged in carpenter work on the south salt plant there, seven or eight years ago. Waers was shot and killed by two unknown parties supposedly Mexicans, while he was passing a string of box cars. (January 19, 1922, page 6)


A Deputy Sheriff Killed In Crash

Kansas City, Kas. - Deputy Sheriff Wesley G. Walden, 41, of Wyandotte County was killed early today in a highway collision.
A patrol car bearing Walden and Deputy Sheriff Duane Fanning, 23, ran into the rear end of a produce truck which officers said had stopped because of an accident ahead of it.

Fanning suffered a hip injury.

Officers reported a pickup truck driven by Johnny Hutson of Bonner Springs, Kas., overturned and that the driver of the produce vehicle, Leonard D. Myers, stopped and parked to offer help.

Justice of the Peace R. W. McLaughlin said Myers neglected to put out flares and was taken into custody. He said Hutson also would be held after receiving hospital treatment for injuries.

The fatal accident occurred about 4:40 a.m. on State Highway 32 just west of Muncie while the officers were on their way to investigate an accident report. (Iola Register, November 19, 1955, page 2)



Eureka, Kansas, May 22 - Henry Giles, 60, was convicted of the murder of his best friend, Marshall E. E. Yoakum, by a district court jury here late last night. The jury, which included three women, debated only on a first degree murder charge and the verdict carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. (Iola Daily Register, May 22, 1930, page 8)

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