Type of Officer: Police Officer
Jurisdiction: Pittsburg
County: Crawford
Death Date: 12/25/1902
Added to Memorial: 2004
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Late on Christmas Eve 1902, Officer Milton Hinkle attempted to arrest a Pittsburg, Kansas resident for disorderly conduct. The man, with the help of several friends, resisted arrest. During the altercation that followed, one of the suspects gained control of Officer Hinkle’s gun and shot the officer in the head. Officer Hinkle died a short time later. 41 years old at the time of his death, Hinkle left a wife and daughter.