KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Ula A. McMahan
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 20, 1920
Age: 42
DOB: October 31, 1877
Cause of death: Gunfire
Suspect information: Apprehended

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 four patrolmen.

Officer McMahan, 42, was survived by his wife, Gladys.
Interred: Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, KS.



Article by Brent Marchant