before 1:00 pm on July 21, 1969, three men
entered the Jo-Arts Jewelry and Loan Company
office at 3933 Main Street. They looked
at merchandise for a few minutes before
one of the men approached salesman Robert
Sokol. The man asked the price of an item
and when Sokol left the counter the man
drew a revolver. One of the other men also
drew a gun on the remaining two employees
and took them to a back room where they
were tied up. Sokol was taken with the suspects
but not bound. One man ransacked the store
while the other suspects guarded the employees.
When two customers entered the store they
were taken to the back room but left unbound.
At 1:00 pm, Officer John Dacy, 31, who was
off-duty and in plainclothes - entered the
store. As he entered the store one of the
robbers approached him from behind and warned
him not to turn around. Officer Dacy was
taken to a second room in the back of the
store and, within seconds, six shots were
fired. The robbers fled the store and one
of the customers called the police. Officer
Dacy was shot three times at close range.
He was discovered with his service revolver
still in his hand, the weapon had been fired
twice and one bullet was recovered at the
scene. Officer Dacy was transported to Menorah
Medical Center where he died at 2:52 pm.
Dacy served in the Marines from January
1957 to November 1959. He began his police
training on January 1, 1961, graduated May
1, 1961, and was assigned to Police Headquarters.
Officer Dacy served in assignments at the
Detention Unit and the Twenty-Seventh Street
Station and was serving at the Detention
Unit at the time of his death. Officer
Dacy was with the Kansas City Police Department
for eight years. His brother, James Dacy
was accidentally shot and killed in the
line of duty in 2001 while serving as Chief
of the Pierce City Police Department in
Officer Dacy was survived by his wife, Betty Jo, their daughters, Melaney (age 6) and Melissa (age 2), and a son, Chris (age 5).
Interred: Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.