OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) – After an Overland Park officer lost his life in the line of duty on Sunday evening, neighbors have started placing flowers in his remembrance.
Around 5:53 p.m. Sunday, neighbors say a black sedan pulled over on 123rd Street and another black vehicle stopped behind it. Two men got out of the vehicles and spoke and then about five shots rang out.
Police have now identified the suspect as 38-year-old Phillip Michael Carney, who died at the scene.
37-year-old Overland Park police officer Michael Mosher died a short time later at a local hospital.
It all started near 143rd and Antioch when Officer Mosher witnessed a hit and run accident while on his way into work. He called in to dispatch and followed the suspect vehicle until it stopped on 123rd Street.
A woman who lives across the street says she watched as a passerby try to revive Officer Mosher before first responders arrived.
“I saw them taking off his vest. They were trying to resuscitate him. He was just dressed in black he was wearing the police uniform,” Maggi Kushner said.
Investigators are asking for tips from anyone who knows anything. You can call 913-322-5569 to leave your tips.
Meanwhile, Overland Park police is mourning the loss of Officer Mosher. He’s been with the department for 14 years.
He was the president of their local fraternal order of police and a field training officer and he has a long list of awards, accomplishments, and compliments from the public.
KCTV5 News spoke with one of his former supervisors Monday who had nothing but good things to say about his professionalism, even as a young officer working the midnight shift.
“It’s been great even after I left the police department seeing that Mike has continued to develop and mature into the kind of police officer that he might have wished he would.”
The Overland Park Fraternal Order of Police posted a statement on there Facebook page Monday night.
Officer Mosher leaves behind a wife and a young daughter.
Mosher's father posted a comment about his sons death.
To all my friends and Frontier Family:
How much I love you all for the prayers for our family in the face of our personal tragedy. My dear son Michael lost his life while executing his duties as an Overland Park Police Officer, serving the City of Overland Park, Ks. Many of you have met him at Frontier Justice at Law Shield Seminars, and at the range with his wife Corrine. He was a great son and truly good person! He served a 2 year mission for our church before fulfilling his life goal of becoming a Police Officer. he held the Priesthood and exercised his rights as a priesthood holder. He was always there to pick up those that fell and lend his talents to raise money for his favorite charity “Special Olympics”. He cared for his fellow Officers and was President of his FOP. He was running for a position at the State level FOP to further his influence for his fellow Police Officers at his time of death. I was surprised by all of the support in social media, especially at a time when Police Officers aren’t always well thought of. His smile was infectious and his demeanor positive. He and his partner was ambushed by a person with an AK-47 in 2018 and survived that encounter, receiving a Gold Medal of Honor and Officer of the year with KCMO Officer Brian Caniglia. Two peas in a pod! I talked to him 15 minutes before the incident as he was leaving for work. He was happy, made comments that he brought an extra uniform today, since I had to take one to him the night before after arresting someone with Covid symptoms. He patted our new Great Dane puppy ,I told him I loved him and said “be safe”, a nightly routine. He said “Call me later” which I did every night for almost 15 years. I didn’t get to make that call. I don’t have the final details so I can’t say what happened, but on the way to work, he saw a hit and run and got involved. He acted on duty according to his Chief and died in a shootout with the hit and run suspect. He was a caring, loving and humble person who made a big difference in many officers lives as a FTO, and trainer for our own company, Tactical Sim Solutions. He will be missed, loved always by those who knew him and not forgotten. When I get back to my dream job of training those who want to protect themselves, bear with me for my possible tears as things are discussed. It will only mean I am a Child of our Father in Heaven, I have earthly feelings even though I know we are here on earth but for a moment to make good choices by faith to get back to sit with Him. It will be ok to address the white elephant in the room, just bear with me as I love my son forevermore. I have had many calls, texts and well wishes from many, my apologies if I haven’t responded to all, but I feel your prayers and we thank you for your continued support and flexibility. Peacekeeper, who gave his life for his friends and fellow man, Mike, I love you. Dad
Other local agencies are helping Overland Park police respond to calls for service on Monday so their officers can take some time in light of the tragedy.