KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
   KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
James Haskel Owens
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 23, 1947
Age: 50
DOB: December 26, 1897
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Date of incident: December 18, 1947
Cause of death: Assault
On December 18, 1947, Officer Bowman, 44, was a police guard at the General Hospital #2 when he was alerted that a dangerours, mentally unstable patient had broken out of his room. The patient escaped from two straight jackets escaped his room before Officer Owens arrived. Officer Owens persuaded the patient to return to his room to change clothes but as they walked to the room the patient struck Officer Owens, knocking him to the floor and causing Officer Owens to lose consciousness. The patient was subdued by other orderlies and after Officer Owens regained consciousness he was given first aid and finished out his shift. Officer Owens went home that evening, complained of pain and went to Menorah Hospital for treatment. On December 23, 1947 Officer Owens was admitted to General Hospital where he died that day.

Officer owens was with the Kansas City Police Department for 12 years, serving as a police officer for 9 years. He worked as a police guard at the hospital for four years at the time of his death. . Officer Owens was survived by his wife, Marjorie, child, and sister, Zepora Franks. Interred: Lincoln Cemetery.


Article by Brent Marchant