Type of Officer: Police Officer
Jurisdiction: Chetopa
County: Labette
Death Date: 5/31/1933
Added to Memorial: 2004
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
In the early morning of May 31, 1933, Officer Ottis (Otto) LaDuke Durkee, a forty-two year old Chetopa night police officer, was shot to death by an unknown assailant in an alley near a Chetopa, Kansas tire shop. Officer Durkee’s gun was found near his body; all six shots of the revolver had been fired. The murderer was never found. Durkee, a World War I veteran, was 42 years old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and two children.