KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Sergeant
Morris Bigus
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, July 29, 1933
Age: 34
DOB: August 9, 1898
Tour of Duty:
Cause of death: Gunshot, officers weapon
Suspect information: Shot & killed by officer
 
On July 29, 1933, Sergeant Bigus and Officer H.K. Klapmeyer responded to a robbery call at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Gas Company, 4714 Broadway where a suspect had just robbed an employee of $100. Just after the officers arrived, the suspect snuck into the Walgreen store at 47th and Broadway and sat down at the rear of the soda fountain. Sergeant Bigus entered the store a short time later and ordered the suspect to put his hands up. The suspect drew a gun and he and Sergeant Bigus struggled inside the store. The suspect twisted Sergeant Bigus' arm, which was weakened from a recent recovery after being fractured in four places in a motor vehicle accident, until Sergeant Bigus' weapon discharged into his own body striking him in the left chest. Although wounded himself, Sergeant Bigus was able to regain control of his weapon and shoot and kill the suspect, William Obermeyer, who sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and right eye. Sergeant Bigus was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where he died a short time later. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the chest. It was the third time that this branch office of the gas company had been robbed at gunpoint.

Sergeant Bigus, 34, was survived by his wife, Irene Bigus. Parents: Samuel & Ina Bigus. Interred: Mt. Carmel.

Article by Brent Marchant