KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Arthur J. Morris
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, June 13, 1942
Age: 45
DOB: December 21, 1897
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Date of incident:
Cause of death: Gunfire
Suspect information:
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.

Officer 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