On April 20, 1920 Officers Ula A. McMahan
and Henry Harris were walking south
on Main Street when they heard the sound
of shots being fired. They ran to Missouri
Avenue, where a saloon at 6 West Missouri
Avenue was being held up. By the time
the officers arrived, the robber fatally wounded Kirk Tate, the part-owner
of the saloon. McMahan spotted the robber
in the doorway, and was immediately
shot by him. McMahan managed to return
fire before collapsing. Officer McMahan died from his wounds at General Hospital. Harris shot
at the robber, but the man escaped.
Half an hour later the suspect, John
Moore, was arrested after a fight with
Officer McMahan, 42, was survived by his wife, Gladys.
Interred: Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, KS.
Article by Brent Marchant