Type of Officer: City Marshal
Jurisdiction: Kansas City
Death Date: 9/21/1908
Added to Memorial: 1990
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Martin McDonald was marshal of the North City Court of Kansas City, Kansas. He was shot through the heart on September 21, 1908, by Emil Lewis at a house in Armourdale. McDonald and humane officer Festus Foster had gone to the house to serve a warrant on Lewis that had been sworn by the mother of a 15-year-old girl. Lewis was supposedly living with the girl. He was also wanted for some offense in Oklahoma. When McDonald announced to Lewis that he was under arrest, he grabbed a 38revolver from the dresser and pointed it the officers. Although Foster disarmed Lewis he was able to knock McDonald down and take his pistol. Lewis removed the cylinder and dumped out the bullets from McDonalds gun and grabbed his own out of Foster’s hand. He then shot officer McDonald and himself. Lewis later died in the hospital, while officer McDonald died at the scene. McDonald was 65 years old at the time.