On June 13, 1942, Officer Arthur J. Morris was
investigating a man and woman accused of
attempting to pass worthless checks at a
store on 14th and Main Street. When he attempted
to place them in the car for transport,
the man open fired on Morris - fatally wounding
him. The two then used the police car for
their getaway. Fifteen days later, the man
- Alfred George Keast - was tracked down
and cornered. He committed suicide before
they could arrest him, he left a note confessing
to the murder of Officer Morris. Cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the chest.
Morris joined the Kansas City Police Department
on May 1, 1932. He was survived by his wife, Margaret,
and two daughters. He was a veteran of WWII.
Interred: St. Marys Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant