Type of Officer: Police Officer
Death Date: 3/21/1920
Added to Memorial: 2021
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
During the late, dark evening hours of March 21, 1920, Assistant Chief of Police Charles “C.A.” McKinney, age 43, was walking his beat on East Main St. when he was shot from behind by an unknown assailant. From one block away, two witnesses heard a single gunshot but could not distinguish the features or identity of the fleeing suspect. To date, no suspect or motive has been identified. At the time of his death, Asst. Chief McKinney had been employed less than one year with the Independence Police Department. At the time of his death, Assistant Chief McKinney was survived by his wife of only eleven months, being married on April 22nd of the preceding year.