FEBRUARY 21, 2023
– Governor Mike Parson today ordered the flags of the United States and Missouri to be flown at half-mast in all government buildings in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties on Wednesday, February 22, to honor the officer of the Department of Kansas City Police James M. Muhlbauer and K-9 Champion. The Kansas City Police Department serves parts of the four counties, and Officer Muhlbauer and K-9 Champ had worked in all four.
“Officer James Muhlbauer dedicated his life to protecting the residents of Kansas City and for 20 years excelled in his chosen profession, putting his community service at the forefront of everything he did,” Governor Parson She said. “Over the past year, Agent Muhlbauer and K-9 Champ have worked as inseparable partners and guardians of the community. They died meaninglessly, but we will always remember their contributions to the betterment of Kansas City and Missouri.”
On February 15, Officer Muhlbauer and K-9 Champ were on duty with the Kansas City Police Department when a speeding motorist struck the police vehicle they were in, fatally injuring Officer Muhlbauer and K-9 Champ. -9 Ch.
Officer Muhlbauer, 42, entered the Kansas City Regional Police Academy in December 2002 and was commissioned as a Kansas City Police Officer on June 27, 2003. In 2014, he was responsible for the arrest of a notorious murderer convicted of the murders of five people .
Police K-9 Champ was trained in Houston, Texas and began working for KCPD on January 20, 2022 when Champ was assigned to partner with Officer Muhlbauer. K-9 Champ has been certified as a dual purpose narcotic and patrol dog by the National Police Canine Association.
The flags will be held at half-mast on the day Officer Muhlbauer is buried. To view the announcement click here.