July 29, 1933, Sergeant Bigus and Officer
H.K. Klapmeyer responded to a robbery call
at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Gas Company, 4714 Broadway where a suspect had just robbed an employee of $100.
Just after the officers arrived, the suspect
snuck into the Walgreen store at 47th and
Broadway and sat down at the rear of the soda fountain. Sergeant Bigus entered the store
a short time later and ordered the suspect
to put his hands up. The suspect drew a
gun and he and Sergeant Bigus struggled
inside the store. The suspect twisted Sergeant
Bigus' arm, which was weakened from a recent recovery after being fractured in four places in a motor vehicle accident, until
Sergeant Bigus' weapon discharged into his
own body striking him in the left chest. Although wounded himself, Sergeant
Bigus was able to regain control of his
weapon and shoot and kill the suspect, William Obermeyer, who sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and right eye. Sergeant Bigus was
taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where he died
a short time later.
The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the chest. It was the third time that this branch office of the gas company had been robbed at gunpoint.
Sergeant Bigus, 34, was survived by his wife, Irene Bigus. Parents: Samuel & Ina Bigus. Interred: Mt. Carmel.
Article by Brent Marchant