The night of January
21, 1924, Officer Barney Jasper was walking
in Little Italy when an unknown assailant
ambushed him, shooting him in the back. He
was found where he had fallen in front of 518 Forest Avenue. Police theory was
that the assailant hid behind a
tall fence at the address and fired on
him from that spot. Officer Jasper died on January
22, 1924. The suspect was never identified.
Officer Jasper, 31, was the first black Kansas City police officer to be killed in the line of duty. He was survived by his wife, Henrietta Jasper.
Interred: Highland Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant