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Willard C. Bayne
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1879
Kansas, USA
Death: Feb. 11, 1921
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

Officer Willard C. Bayne
End of Watch: Friday, February 11, 1921
Born: November 8, 1879

Officer Bayne was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect at 15th and Poplar. Officer Bayne had been watching Homer Vinsant after hearing that Vinsant been trying to sell watches on the street. Officer Bayne's captain advised him that he should bring Vinsant in if he was ever caught carrying a revolver. In the early hours of February 11, 1921, Bayne was on patrol on Fifteenth Street, where he came across a lone man. Police believed that Bayne either questioned the man or attempted to search him. The man shot Officer Bayne in the face. Officer Bayne dropped and the man apparently began to flee. Bayne shot the man from a distance of approximately 60 feet, mortally wounding him. When a street car stopped at 15th Street and Poplar Avenue, two passengers got off and went to investigate the scene. They found Officer Bayne still alive, and he told them that Vinsant had shot him. Vinsant was dead when the men checked on him - Officer Bayne's bullet had entered through his back and exited through his chest. A passing motorist took Officer Bayne to General Hospital, he died before he arrived.

Lest we forget

Elmwood Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Odhran
Record added: Sep 22, 2007
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Willard C. Bayne
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Willard C. Bayne
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NO MARKER. Block 16, Row 23, Grave 79.
- swede
 Added: Nov. 16, 2015
Rest in peace. You died a brave man.
- Andrea
 Added: Mar. 10, 2015
Kansas City MO Police Officer; killed in the line of duty.
- Ms Martie M
 Added: Jan. 29, 2012
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