KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Charles H. Dingman Jr.
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 4, 1929
Age: 28
DOB: June 21, 1901
Date of incident: December 2, 1929
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Cause of death: Gunfire
Suspect information: Executed by hanging in 1932

December 2, 1929, Officer Dingman was on patrol at 31st Street and Jackson Avenue, when he pulled up next to a car carrying three men - John Watson, Joe Hershon, and Charles M. Curtis. He attempted to approach them, and Watson and Hershon opened fire. Officer Dingman was mortally wounded, and died December 4, 1929 at St Luke's Hospital. The three men, John Watson, Joe Hershon, and Charles Curtis were found and arrested. It was discovered that they were known gangsters and were released from jail that October. Watson confessed to fatally wounding Officer Dingman.

Charles H. Dingman Jr., 28, was a member of the police force for six years, previously served with the National Guard for four years and was survived by his wife, Ida, a son, Charles H. DIngman III; two stepsons. Junion Dingman and Clarence Dingman; his parents, Mr. and Mrs, Charles H. Dingman and a brother, John E. Dingman.
Interred: Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant