39, was shot and killed by a known robber
and swindler named George E. Spencer, who had been
in the neighborhood of West 14th for several
days, and had been annoying the women
and children in the area. The suspect
had been staying with the J. Cox family,
at 504 West 14th Street, but refused when
was asked to leave.
Officer Flanagan was dressed in plain clothes while investigating
the complaints made with Chief John Hayes when he noticed Spencer
standing in front of 504 West 14th Street.
Spencer went inside the building, and
Officer Flanagan followed him. As Officer
Flanagan entered, with the intention
of placing Spencer under arrest, Spencer shot him with a revolver. The two men then fired at
each other inside the residence, until
both were fatally wounded. Spencer died at the scene. Officer Flanagan sustained two gunshot wounds in the chest and one in the abdomen was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died on May 16, 1903 at 5:07 am.
Officer Flanagan was in the company of Sergeant McNamara on June 29, 1902 when McNamara was shot and killed. Officer Flanagan joined the department
June 13, 1900, serving for three years
until his death. Interred: Woodlawn Cemetery, Independence, MO.
Article by Brent Marchant