Type of Officer: Night Police Chief
Jurisdiction: McPherson
County: McPherson
Death Date: 5/14/1933
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Investigating the possible burglary of a service station, Officer Bruce found a broken lock but no one was present. After informing the station owner, he returned to find men outside the station. As he approached the suspects, he was shot. Unknowingly, Bruce had confronted the well-known Gene Johnson gang of bank robbers. Johnson was later cornered by officers from Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma and was killed in a fusillade of bullets.