Lieutenant David Joe Kraxner

Photo of Lieutenant David Joe Kraxner
End of Watch: Mon, Oct 31st, 1966
Date of Incident: Not Known
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 34


He is survived by his wife and children.


Lieutenant David Kraxner was shot and killed while conducting a felony traffic stop on an escaped convict who shot a prison guard while being transported for trial. The suspect then murdered a citizen and stole his car.

Lieutenant Kraxner located the vehicle and began a felony traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Crysler Avenue but was immediately met with gunfire. Both he and the suspect were wounded in the shootout. The suspect was able to walk to Lieutenant Kraxner's vehicle, gained control of his service weapon, and then shot him execution style.

The suspect was apprehended later in the morning and pleaded guilty in order to avoid the death penalty. He was subsequently sentenced to life plus 39 years in prison. Lieutenant Kraxner's killer was denied parole in January 2012.

He is buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Shawnee, Kansas.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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