KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
George Edward Lanigan
End of Watch: Friday, April 12, 1968
Age: 35
DOB: February 10, 1933
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Cause of death: Handgun, .38 caliber
Suspect information: Apprehended

On April 12, 1968, Detective Lanigan, Detective Bill Witcig, Sgt. Harry Caray, and Detective William Trollope, while assisting F.B.I. agents, were attempting to arrest suspects wanted on a warrant for robbery at the Antioch Trailer Court, located at 4531 Troost Avenue, just north of Parvin and Antioch Rd. The detectives were at the residence when the suspects arrived. Detective Lanigan was fired on as he exited the trailer, fatally wounding him. He died at 4:00 am at North Kansas City Hospital. Detective Bill J. Witcig also sustained a minor gunshot wound to his arm during the battle. Suspects, James L. Grove, 45, and Vernon D. Romphrey, 44, were wounded, taken into custody and charged with Detective Lanigan's murder.

Detective Lanigan joined the police department in 1958. He was survived by his wife, Latain, and two sons, Larry and Robert. He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church. Interred: Floral Hills Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant