KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Richard Lewis Chatburn
End of Watch: Sunday, September 23, 1962
Age: 25
DOB: September 13, 1947
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 6 months
Cause of death: Shotgun, 12 guage
Suspect information: Charged: manslaughter, acquitted
On September 23, 1962 Officer Richard Chatburn and his partner were conducting a building check at the Northeast Motorcycle shop, located at 4400 Truman Road. While checking the back door of the business, the operator of the shop, Douglas Mack Hubbard, was staying in the business due to previous problems, shot through the back door with a 12 gauge shotgun, striking Officer Chatburn in the chest. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the old Menorah Hospital. Hubbard was shot by other officers on the scene believing him to be a prowler but survived his wounds. Hubbard was tried for manslaughter but found not guilty by a Jackson County grand jury in May 1963.

Patrolman Chatburn had been with the Kansas City Police Department for 19 months and had served with the Untied States Navy for four years. He was survived by his wife, Bonnie, and three month old daughter, Bernadine. Interred: Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant