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