Type of Officer: Police Officer
Death Date: 12/4/1886
Added to Memorial: 1994
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Isaac Irwin McCann stole a hat at the Centropolis Hotel in Parsons the night of December 2, 1886. The owner of the hat and of the hotel sent his “runner” Joe Davis in pursuit to retrieve it. Davis caught up with the thief at the Missouri Pacific Depot but he refused to give up the hat. Officer Kyser who was standing nearby was called on to assist. He took the thief by the arm and told him he was under arrest. After a brief verbal exchange, McCann jerked away, pulled a pistol and shot Kyser. Kyser died two days later. McCann was later captured, tried and hung.