Kansas City, MO
EOW: Feb. 15, 2023 | Cause: Automobile Crash
Age: 42 Tour: 20 Years Badge: N/A
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Beloved Police Officer James “Jim” Muhlbauer and K9 Champ were killed in a vehicle crash at 10:15 pm at the intersection of East Truman Road and Benton Boulevard in Kansas City.
A vehicle was traveling at 89 miles per hour, ran a red light and crashed into Officer Mulbauer and K9 Champ while in their patrol vehicle. The impact caused the squad car to roll over. A pedestrian was also hit. K9 Champ and the pedestrian died at the scene. Officer Muhlbauer was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The 18-year-old driver that hit the police car was also injured and was taken into police custody pending investigation. He was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
“If only we knew that was the last time we would see him again. We would have said more, hugged tighter, kissed tighter or said, ‘Be extra safe tonight.’ The thing is we never know when our loved ones will never make it home again,” Chasity Hendricks said on behalf of Muhlbauer’s wife Cassie Muhlbauer.
“I hope you’re up there and heaven is treating you well with the best Bojo’s pizza with honey,” daughter Makenzie Allison said. “Champ, I hope you never have to stop playing fetch. Jim, we love you to death.”
Officer Muhlbauer had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and child.
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