KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
William P. Mulvihill
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 22, 1905
Age: 28
DOB: Sep. 18, 1874
Tour of Duty:
Cause of death: Gunfire
Suspect information: Apprehended
 
On March 22, 1905, while working in plainclothes in order to catch a thief who was preying on drunks and the like, officers fired on a suspect as he fled from them. Officers located a suspect in an alleyway at 558 Walnut and were taking him into custody when Officer Mulvihill, who heard the shots and was responding to the location on foot was accidentally shot in the head and mortally wounded when a revolver fell from the pocket of probationary police Officer George Bryant Jr., also in plainclothes. The suspect, actor Joseph Galton a member of the Silver Slipper Opera Company playing in a local theatre, was found hiding in an alley a short time later and was charged with robbery only to be found not guilty when it was established he had been mistakenly identified as the suspect during his subsequent trial. The true suspect, Thomas Shay, was sentenced to 6 months for petty larceny.

Officer Mulvihill was the ninth name engraved on the original police memorial. Officer Mulvihill was survived by his parents, Michael and Ellen Mulvihill; and siblings, Celia Mulvihill Balch, William P. Mulvihill, and Isabel Mulvihill. Officer Mulvihill's name was the ninth to be inscribed on the original Kansas City Police Memorial. Interred: Mount St. Mary's Cemetery.


Article by Brent Marchant