KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Hugh Levon Butler
End of Watch: Friday, February 2, 1968
Age: 30
DOB: November 25, 1937
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Cause of death: Handgun
Suspect information: Apprehended
 
On the morning of February 2, 1968, Officers Hugh Butler and Ed Donahue responded to a disturbance call at the Brass Rail tavern, 3502 Troost in plain clothes involving a man armed with a gun. As the officers entered the tavern, they were met with gunfire from the interior of the building. Officer Butler's partner was shot in the right arm. Officer Butler was then shot by the suspect with a semi-automatic pistol, fell to his knees and when he rose to his feet he was then fatally wounded by what was later determined to be friendly fire coming from a third officer's duty weapon. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Menorah Hospital. Terry McCullough (aka Terry Mikol), 35, was indicted on a charge of assault with intent to kill. Officer Donahue was wounded in the wrist and two patrons were also wounded. The third officer was cleared of criminal responsibility in the accidental shooting.

Officer Butler, 30, had been with the Kansas City Police Department for four years and previously served for three years in the United States Army. He pitched for the Kansas City Police Softball team. Interred: Carrollton, Missouri. Services were attended by 150 Kansas City, Missouri police officers and Chief Clarence Kelly.

 

Article by Brent Marchant