KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
William Henry Simpson Scobee
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, May 9, 1920
Age: 52
DOB: May 24, 1867
Tour of Duty:
Cause of death: Gunfire, wound to the abdomen

On May 9, 1920, Officer Scobee was suspicious of some squawking chickens in the butcher shop near 800 East 14th Street and decided to check it out. He came upon a car with one occupant inside, who was obviously waiting for someone to come back. Officer Scobee thought this was suspicious and as he was questioning the occupant, one of the man's companions returned and shot Officer Scobee in the back. It was later learned that these three men were robbers and had just attacked a young girl at 800 East 14th. The men were identified by the female victim and several residents in the area who witnessed the shooting. Officer Scobee was pronounced dead on May 9, 1920 at 5:00 pm. Three suspects were taken into custody for the shooting.

Officer Scobee, 53, was survived by his wife, Ethel, and a daughter.
Interred: Lipp Cemetery, Putnam County, Missouri.


Article by Brent Marchant