Hero Down: Overland Park Police Officer Michael "Mike" Mosher Killed In Gunfight
Overland Park, KS – Overland Park Police Department (OPPD) Officer Michael "Mike" Mosher was murdered in the line of duty on Sunday night during a shootout with a hit-and-run driver he had been pursuing.
The 37-year-old uniformed officer was on his way to work shortly before 6 p.m. when he witnessed the hit-and-run collision near Antioch Road and West 143rd Street, WDAF reported.
The suspect sped away from the scene, so Officer Mosher followed the vehicle to Mackey Street and West 123rd Street where the driver came to a stop, police said.
The driver then got out of his vehicle and approached Officer Mosher, who repeatedly ordered him to go back to his car, the Shawnee Mission Post reported.
The suspect refused to comply and opened fire, WDAF reported.
Officer Mosher and the gunman were both shot during the ensuing gun battle.
The suspect died of his wounds at the scene.
Officer Mosher was rushed to a local hospital, where he was soon joined by his wife and daughter, WDAF reported.
He succumbed to his wounds while surrounded by his family.
Between 50 and 75 law enforcement officers gathered at the hospital in support of Officer Mosher and his family, The Kansas City Star reported.
“It was heartbreaking but also encouraging to see how our officers responded to this,” Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez said during a press conference in the wake of Officer Mosher’s murder. “I’m proud of this department for the way they rallied tonight during this.”
Officer Mosher served the OPPD for nearly 15 years as a community police officer and field training officer.
He was also a member of the OPPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team, the department said in a Facebook post on Monday morning.
“He loved what he did and he was damn good at it,” Chief Donchez said of the highly-decorated officer. “He died doing what he loved.”
The chief said he wasn’t at all surprised to learn that even though he wasn’t on shift yet, Officer Mosher began handling the hit-and-run incident after he radioed it in, The Kansas City Star reported.
“That was Mike,” he said. “He wasn’t going to go around and call it in. He was going to get involved, and that’s what he did.”
Officer Mosher had previously survived an ambush attack in July of 2018, when a gunman opened fire on him and his partner.
“That suspect was killed in that incident,” Chief Donchez told reporters.
The Kansas City Metro Area Chiefs Association honored him with the Gold Valor Award and named him Officer of the Year in 2019.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt described Officer Mosher, who was also the president of the Overland Park Fraternal Order of Police, as a “respected law enforcement leader,” The Kansas City Star reported.
“The senseless death of Officer Mike Mosher is a tragic reminder of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe the men and women in law enforcement for protecting our communities,” Schmidt said in a statement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Overland Park Police Department Officer Michael "Mike" Mosher, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Mike Mosher, your life mattered.