KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Richard P. McDonald
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, November 5, 1922
Age: 27
DOB: June 30, 1895
Tour of Duty: 1 year
Cause of death: Gunfire

Officer McDonald was shot and killed while off-duty when he resisted a hold-up at 7:00 pm at 33rd and Troup, in Kansas City, Kansas. When confronted by the robber who demanded "stick 'em up" Officer McDonald responded by drawing his own revolver and was shot in the abdomen. He reported that he believed he struck the robber when, after he fell wounded, he fired six shots as the robber fled the scene. Officer McDonald's wife was nearby and reportedly heard the shots. After the robbery Officer McDonald rose to his feet and was able to walk to a nearby grocery store a block from the scene but died from his wounds at Providence Hospital. The Police Board voted a $500 reward for the conviction of Officer McDonald's murderer. Harry McCarthy and Frank B. Swanson were arrested for Officer McDonald's murder in 1924.

Officer McDonald, 27, was with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife, Lucille, and a brother, William J. McDonald. He served at the rank of 1st lieutenant in the 139th Infantry during WW I and fought in several major engagements in France. His residence was listed as 4721 Summit, Kansas City, Missouri. Interred: Mount Hope Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.

Article by Brent Marchant