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.
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