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Overland Park Police Department loses 1st officer in line of duty since 1985

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Posted at 9:18 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 22:18:25-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Overland Park police officer who died Sunday during an exchange of gunfire with a hit-and-run accident suspect is just the second Overland Park officer to die in the line of duty.

Sunday’s shooting occurred near West 123rd and Mackey streets. The officer, who has not yet been identified, was off-duty but in uniform on his way to work.

Officer Deanna Rose was assaulted and run over by a drunk driving suspect she stopped on Jan. 24, 1985. She died two days later.

Kenneth Meunier pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and served time in prison.

The city named its children's farmstead in her honor.

The Deanna Rose Farmstead is one of the most popular attractions in Overland Park and allows visitors to remember the fallen officer who loved animals.

The death of the officer killed Sunday is under investigation by a special team of investigators from Johnson County law enforcement agencies.