Officer Clarence “Boots” Shields of the Topeka PD was killed in 1955.

Officer Clarence “Boots” Shields of the Topeka PD was killed in 1955.

Topekan Joey Little doesn’t have a problem with ghost stories.

Instead, his predicament lies with people who chase and hunt ghosts while capitalizing on his grandfather’s legacy.

His grandfather is Clarence “Boots” Shields, a Topeka police officer who was fatally shot on April 11, 1955, after surprising two burglars who were on the roof of the Moose Lodge in North Topeka. Shields is listed on the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial website as well as the Officer Down Memorial Page, a national website for fallen officers.

Not long ago, Little’s ire was raised when he found out Ghost Tours of Kansas was hosting a benefit ghost hunt at Topeka’s Moose Lodge.

“My family has no problem with ghost ‘hunters’ going to the Moose Lodge for entertainment but what we do have a problem with is when companies like this charge admission to participants,” Little wrote in an e-mail to The Wichita Eagle. “This is tasteless and horrible. We view charging money to ‘hunt’ our father and grandfather – a fallen Topeka Police Officer – absolutely wrong.”


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