Patrolman Joseph Zannelli accidentally shot himself in the right leg while chasing a man wanted for assaulting a street car conductor near 5th and Holmes on April 27, 1901. A gangrene infection developed as a result of the wound and Officer Zannelli's leg was amputated, but the gangrene spread throughout his body. He died on May 19, 1901.
Patrolman Zannelli was the first Italian-American to serve on the Kansas City Police Department.
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A man that travelled from another country, learned the culture, the language....feel in love, married, started a family and accepted a position with the Kansas City Police Department. Served his community with pride and passion. To ultimately leave this world to soon from a injury while serving. All things that have happened had paved the road to who your family is. Although I would never have had the chance to meet you, I am honored to be your granddaughter.
May you rest in peace and welcome both your family and brothers and sisters in blue!