KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
William T. Cavanaugh
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, April 8, 1936
Age: 31
DOB: March 13, 1905
Tour of Duty:
Date of incident: April 7, 1936
Cause of death: Gunfire
Suspect information: Apprehended
On April 7, 1936, Officer William T. Cavanaugh, 32, was off-duty, sitting in the Irish Tavern at 921 East 21st Street with his fiancee, when a man entered and attempted a hold-up. Cavanaugh - in street clothes - fired on the robber, who returned fire. The robber fled the tavern, and Cavanaugh pursued him. Cavanaugh was shot several times - including the wrist of his gun hand - but still managed to wound the robber before he got away. Cavanaugh died at General Hospital on April 8, 1936. A $200 reward was issued for the capture of his killer. The killer was found and captured April 11, 1936, the day of Cavanaugh's funeral. Interred: Calvary Cemetery.


Article by Brent Marchant