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Visitation, funeral information released for slain KCPD officer, K-9

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Visiting and memorial service for Kansas City, Missouri, Police Officer James Muhlbauer and his K-9 partner, Champ, will take place on Wednesday, February 22.

The tour will be from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St. in downtown KCMO.

The funeral will follow the visit at 11:30, the KCPD announced on Sunday.

Details will be released later regarding an emergency vehicle procession to honor Muhlbauer and Champ.

Both KCPD officers and a pedestrian died of their injuries at approximately 10:15 pm Wednesday, February 15, in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Truman Road and Benton Boulevard.

Muhlbauer and Champ were in their patrol car when it was hit by a vehicle that ran through a red light southbound on Benton Boulevard at 85 mph.

Police said the pedestrian, who was pinned under the police vehicle after the crash, and Champ died at the scene, while Muhlbauer died in hospital.

KCPD expects to release the pedestrian’s name on Monday.

Muhlbauer served 20 years with KCPD, including the last three with the K-9 unit. He leaves behind a wife and son.

Muhlbauer’s K-9 partner Champ had been with the department for about a year.

This was the KCPD’s first death in service in 22 years since Ofc’s death. Craig Schultz, killed May 9, 2001 in a motorcycle accident.

The Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 99, the union representing the KCPD, has set up a website for those wishing to donate to Muhlbauer’s family.

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