On February 28, 1913, Officer Homer Riggle
answered a call that the saloon at 19th
Street and Brooklyn Avenue was being robbed.
He found and arrested the two robbers
on 19th Street, and was within 150 feet
of the Flora Avenue police station when
the two men attacked him. A witness reported
that one of the men jumped on his back,
and grabbed his gun. The men then separated
and both shot at Riggle, wounding him
fatally. The sound of the gunfire brought
out policemen from the nearby station,
as well as residents of the area. The
group - numbering approximately 100 -
chased the two robbers for five miles
across Kansas City, tracking them by their
footsteps in new snow. The crowd eventually
lost them when they ran in to an area
that was covered in many footprints. Officer Riggle was pronounced dead at General Hospital.
Officer Riggle, 37, became a policeman in
1909 and served as a motorcycle officer at the time of his death. His funeral service was held at 1217 E. 61st Street where Officer Riggle made his home. Interred: Pigeon Creek Cemetery, Washington, Pennsylvania, near the home of Officer Riggle's sister.
Article by Brent Marchant