Hero Down: Overland Park Police Officer Michael "Mike" Mosher Killed In Gunfight

Holly Matkin

Overland Park Police Officer Michael "Mike" Mosher engaged in a gunfight, and fatally the suspect, before he was killed.

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.

Comments (15)
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JBoH
JBoH

Thank you Officer Mosher for all the good you did in this life. Your life mattered and you will be missed. My sympathies to your families, blood and blue. We'll take it from here.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP Officer Mosher. 🙏😥👮‍♂️💙 Prayers to your family and friends.

Glad to hear the suspect is rotting in hell and not wasting taxpayers dollars!!

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Time and time again, articles like these FAIL TO NAME THE SUSPECT. The media protects the criminal element people, and you better take notice of that. This is by design. If you have to ask why, than you're asleep. RIP BROTHER.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

What a tremendous loss. RIP Officer Mother you will never be forgotten. 🙏🏼💙🖤💙🖤🇺🇸

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

ANYONE CAN GO TO dc_project.org on their instagram or facebook page and follow a link TO DONATE to Officer Mosher's Memorial fund to benefit his Widow and young Daughter.

Hundreds of you have interacted with Mrs. Mosher on social media as she has shared her profession and family with us for years.
Mrs. Mosher was sharing video clips of herself & Daughter playing Monopoly on instatgram on Friday nite.
I remarked to Mrs.Mosher that i had the family Monopoly game from the 50's.
Mrs. Mosher replied in real time.."so cool".
The next day i see the couple smiling and then the caption you never want to read..........
I am just a fan among hundreds on social media and i am Devestated , emotionally crushed for Mrs. Mosher and her Daughter.
I have made a Large Donation to Officer Mosher's fund on the link at dc_project.org.
Perhaps you can make a donation as well.
I have no connection to Law Enforcement. I hurt for this families unfathomable tragedy.
Pray for them.

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Brother...

Stanracer
Stanracer

RIP Ofc. Mosher. Your life mattered. Thankfully the dirtbag was killed. One less criminal.

PapaJon
PapaJon

If the POS Carney stopped at the scene it is a simple accident. When he left it became a crime, but still possibly a misdemeanor. He got out with the intent to murder a police officer. We have politicians releasing criminals so they are not "endangered" by the WUHAN CHINESE PANDEMIC VIRUS but they don't care about law enforcement or the law abiding citizens. It started with the New World Order's lackey Obama and disrespect for law enforcement is still worse than that damn virus.
Storm clouds are gathering. There is a war coming where we'll either retake the USA or lose it to the NWO billionaires and their lap dog corrupt politicians. The oath I took to defend America 40+ years ago doesn't expire. It includes all enemies - foreign, domestic, and politicians. I've been shot and it sucks. Still I would rather lose my life as part of retaking America than let my children and grandchildren endure the hell that builds daily.

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

R.I.P Officer Mosher, go rest in the arms of God. Your life matter in this world and the lives you touched will not be forgotten. Praying for the family both blood and blue. 🇺🇸💙

Schick
Schick

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

spd522
spd522

Mike was a great guy. He was also very active in supporting the Special Olympics of Kansas. For several years, he organized an annual 3 gun shooting competition with proceeds going to Special Olympics. The last one I attended raised around $35K if I recall correctly. He will be missed by many.


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