On November 22, 1913, Officer Koger was
on a stake out with two officers of the
Missouri Pacific Railroad, near the railroad
tracks at the Frisco crossing at 45th and Brighton. Missouri Pacific
freight cars had been robbed several nights
in a row, prior to the stakeout. When
the five robbers were confronted by the
three officers, Kansas City Officer Koger accompanied by railroad officers C.M. Barger and W.H. Roulit, a gun battle ensued. Officer
Koger fired one shot, was shot in the neck and died on November
23, 1913 at 11:40 am at South Side Hospital. Governor Major offered a $200 reward for the arrest of the box car robbers who killed officer Koger.
Officer Koger, 53, was a 25 year veteran
of the police department. Officer Koger
had resigned from the department on
July 30, 1910 but was recommissioned
on July 31, 1913. During the hiatus
from the department, Officer Koger worked
as a house detective for the Hotel Baltimore.
Interred: Mount Washington Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant