Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial

Isaac Henry Caldwell - Patrolman

Guthrie Police Department

About 2:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon September 7, 1913, Guthrie officers Isaac H. Caldwell, 62, and Lorrin D. Muxlow, 41, attempted to arrest Lou Green in his “bootlegger’s parlor” on the south side of Viles Street between First and Second Streets in Guthrie for yet another liquor violation. When officer Lorrin Muxlow grabbed Lou Green’s arm Green pulled away and Officer Muxlow struck him in the head with his nightstick. A fight ensued during which Officer Muxlow again struck Green with his nightstick knocking him to his knees. As Lou Green started to get up, he pulled a .38 caliber automatic pistol and shot Officer Lorrin Muxlow three times, twice in the head killing him. Officer Isaac Caldwell drew his gun and fired at Lou Green but missed. Lou Green fired several shots at Officer Caldwell striking him in the head killing him also.

Isaac Caldwell had been on the police force for two years and was survived by his wife and eight children.

Lon Muxlow was survived by his wife Nora and young daughter Helen.

Both officers are buried in Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma.

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February 5, 2021

Charles W. Campbell - Patrolman

Holdenville Police Department

Shortly 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 1928, Patrolman Charles Campbell and Night Chief Oscar Knight responded to a call at the home of a Mrs. Fisher where her two visiting uncles, Jim and Henry Fisher, had threatened her daughters as they left to call a doctor for their mother who was ill. When the officers arrived, Jim Fisher took off running with the officers chasing after him. As the officers caught up to him, Jim Fisher turned and shot Patrolman Charles Campbell in the neck. Both officers returned fire, striking Jim Fisher in the back.  Officer Charles Campbell died at the scene from a severed jugular vein and an artery. Jim Fisher died two days later from his gunshot wounds.

Officer Charles Campbell, 29, was the first Holdenville officer to die in the line of duty, and left behind his wife Della, two daughters and a son. Charles Campbell is buried at Holdenville Cemetery, Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma.   

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February 5, 2021

James J Campbell - Deputy U S Marshal

U.S. Marshal

On Monday, May 25, 1891, Deputy James Campbell was in Antlers, I.T. to serve an arrest warrant issued by Commissioner Gibbons. Deputy Campbell located the wanted man on a street in Antlers and attempted to arrest him but the man broke away from Deputy Campbell, jumped on his horse and left town with Deputy Campbell in pursuit on his horse. During the pursuit Deputy James Campbell was thrown from his horse and “terribly mangled” when his horse fell on him. Deputy Campbell was brought back to the railway station and placed on the station platform. Attending doctors intended to transfer Deputy Campbell onto the next train and take him to a hospital in Paris, Texas, but Deputy James Campbell died before the train arrived

Other deputies were sent to Antlers to track the wanted man. No record can be found whether they ever located him.

The burial site of James J. Campbell is unknown.

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February 5, 2021

Unknown Campbell - Deputy US Marshal

U.S. Marshal

The evening of Sunday, November 6, 1886, Deputy Campbell was stationed on the north side of the Red River in Indian Territory across from Arthur, Texas, where he was watching for possible whiskey smugglers bringing liquor into the territory on the ferry crossing at this point. Deputy Campbell stopped a railroad worker after he crossed the river and started to search him when the man drew a gun and shot Deputy Campbell several times then escaped into the territory. Deputy Campbell was found a few hours later in a dying condition and lived long enough to describe the white man who shot him.

The burial site of Deputy Campbell is unknown.

There is no record of the murderer of Deputy Campbell ever being arrested.

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February 5, 2021

Webster Lorain "Webb" Campbell - Detective

Oklahoma City Police Department

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, October 29, 1938, Detective Campbell, 35, and his partner, I. L. McCurdy, responded to a general broadcast of a prowler (burglar) at 518 NW 24th Street.  When the detectives arrived Detective Webb Campbell ran to the back of the house. Unknown to the detectives other officers had already arrived, began pursuing the burglar and had fired shots at him. As Detective Webb Campbell came around the corner of the house, in his dark suit in the darkness, one of the other officers, H. Lawrence Bush, mistook him for the burglar and shot him. Detective Webb Campbell was hit in the left side and died at the hospital a short time later.

Detective Webb Campbell was survived by his wife Vida and three young daughters, Julia 13, Mary Ellen 10 and Edna June 7 and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

Officer H. Lawrence Bush resigned the Oklahoma City Police Department eight months later.

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February 5, 2021

William Calvin "Cal" Campbell - Constable

Commerce Police Department

On Friday, April 6, 1934, fugitives Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow and Henry Methvin mired their car down on a muddy road near Commerce. A passerby observed guns in the car and notified police. Chief of Police Percy Boyd and Constable “Cal” Campbell, 61, went to investigate. As the officers approached the stuck car the fugitives began firing at them with Browning Automatic Rifles. Constable William “Cal” Campbell was killed, and Chief Boyd was wounded.  The fugitives then kidnapped Chief Percy Boyd and released him the next day in Fort Scott, Kansas.

William Campbell, a widower, was survived by two sons and five daughters.

William “Cal” Campbell is buried in the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma.

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February 5, 2021

Cynthia Lynn "Cindy" Campbell-Brown - Special Agent

U.S. Secret Service

Special Agent Cynthia Campbell-Brown, 26, had served fourteen months at her first assignment as a Special Agent, which was the Oklahoma City field office, in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Agent Campbell-Brown was in her office in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building when was bombed at 9:02 a.m. Wednesday morning, April 19, 1995, and she was killed.

Agent Cynthia Campbell-Brown was survived by her husband of less than six weeks, Ron Brown, who was also a Secret Service agent stationed in Phoenix, Arizona. After their honeymoon in Cancun each returned to their assigned offices hoping that a future transfer would land them in the same city.

Cynthia Campbell-Brown is buried in Cedarlawn Memorial Park, Sherman, Grayson County, Texas.

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February 5, 2021                         

John Mathew "Red" Cantrell - Deputy Sheriff

Murray County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday evening, August 27, 1930, Deputy Sheriff W. T. Tuck called Deputy John Cantrell, 46, to assist him in further checking out a couple in a car he had talked to earlier three miles west of Sulphur.  Deputy John Cantrell picked up Deputy Tuck in his car. Deputy John Cantrell must have thought it was a mundane call as he brought his sons Emmitt, 14, and Leo, 12, along with him.

The deputies located the car, now facing the opposite direction and at a different location on the Sulphur-Davis Highway than it was before. Deputy John Cantrell pulled up next to the car and as he started to get out by standing on the running board of his car he was shot in the chest with a 20-gauge shotgun by a man laying in the back seat of the parked car. Deputy Tuck opened fire on the man but he was able to escape out of the car. The two Cantrell boys then witnessed their wounded father die.

The woman in the car was arrested and she identified the man who was in the back seat and shot Deputy Cantrell as her husband Bill Grantham. Bill Grantham had shot two deputies in Fort Smith, Arkansas the week before and was wanted for a murder in Poteau.

John Cantrell also left behind his wife Lottie and 9-year-old daughter Joyce.

John Cantrell is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Sulphur, Murray County, Oklahoma.

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February 6, 2021

Larry William Cantrell - Officer

Sapulpa Police Department

Just after midnight on Sunday, July 31, 2005, Officer Larry Cantrell, 34, was speeding to assist another officer involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect. Riding with Officer Larry Cantrell was his father Charles Cantrell, 59, as part of the department’s Ride-along Program.


Officer Larry Cantrell’s patrol car was south bound on Highway 66 with overhead lights and siren engaged. As he approached 96th Street a car started into the intersection then stopped. Officer Larry Cantrell hit the brakes and swerved to miss the car. The patrol car missed the stopped car but ran off the road and crashed instantly killing Officer Larry Cantrell’s father Charles Cantrell.

Officer Larry Cantrell was air lifted to a Tulsa hospital where he died soon after arriving. Officer Larry Cantrell had been with the Sapulpa Police Department two years and had served with the Vinita Police Department prior to that as well as serving eleven years in the Navy. Officer Larry Cantrell was single and survived by his mother Iris, a brother, and a sister.

Larry Cantrell is buried in Park Grove Cemetery, Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

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February 6, 2021

Lewis Franklin “Frank” Cantey - Officer

Grand River Dam Authority Police Department

Frank Cantey was born November 28, 1951, in California and grew up there. By 1979 he had earned a degree in Criminal Justice, married his first wife, Linda and had moved to Oklahoma. Frank then began a forty-two-year law enforcement career. Frank served as a Kansas, OK police officer and a Delaware County Deputy Sheriff before joining the Pryor Police Department in 1980. Frank served as a Pryor Police officer for twenty years retiring in 2000 at the rank of Sergeant. Frank Cantey then ran for Sheriff of Mayes County and was elected to an unprecedented three terms, serving 2001 through 2012 as Sheriff. In 2015 Frank’s wife of forty-five years, Linda died of cancer. In 2018 Frank married his second wife Stacy. Frank Cantey then joined the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) as a part time police officer. It was during his police duties with the GRDA that he contracted the Covid-19 virus and was admitted to a hospital in Tulsa on June 16, 2021. Just a few days after being admitted Frank Cantey died from the effects of Covid on Friday, June 18, 2021.

Frank Cantey was survived by his wife Stacy, six-year-old stepdaughter Addy, adult sons Jason and his wife Becky and their two children, and son Jeff and his wife Heidi and their eight children. Frank Cantey also had ten great grandchildren.

Frank Cantey is buried in Graham Memorial Cemetery, Pryor, Mayes County, Oklahoma.

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April 26, 2022

R. L. Cares - Deputy Sheriff

Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office

Just before 2 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 1912, in Grant, Deputy Sheriff Robert Cares, 39, was trying to get a drunk J. G. Sparks to surrender his .45 caliber Colt revolver which was in his pants pocket. Shortly afterwards Sparks drew the gun and shot Deputy Sheriff Robert Cares in the chest. The bullet passed through Deputy Sheriff Cares’ body killing him. J. G. Sparks then fired a second shot into Deputy Sheriff Cares’ body before running off south out of town toward the Red River bottom.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Cares was single at the time of his death and is buried in Grant Cemetery, Grant, Choctaw County, Oklahoma.

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July 5, 2021

Elmer L. Carter - Deputy Sheriff

Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Elmer Carter and Altus Police Officer Joe Whitt were attempting to stop a truck suspected of bringing illegal whiskey into Oklahoma from Texas about four and a half miles southwest of Altus about 9 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 1930. When the officers pulled alongside of the truck and ordered the men inside to pullover the men opened fire on the officers. Both officers were wounded. Deputy Sheriff Elmer Carter died shortly after the shooting but Officer Joe Whitt survived his wounds.  

Deputy Sheriff Elmer Carter was survived by his wife Loryne and their two young daughters and is buried in Eldorado Cemetery, Eldorado, Jackson County, Oklahoma.

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August 29, 2021

Wallace Eugene Casey - Patrolman

Tulsa Police Department

Officer Wallace Casey was involved in a traffic accident with a truck about 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon May 11, 1957, at 47th and Union Avenue. Officer Wallace Casey died the next morning, Sunday, May 12, 1957 from his injuries that included a severed spinal cord. The drunk driver of the truck fled the scene but was soon arrested two blocks away.

Patrolman Wallace Casey was survived by his wife Lovetta and two daughters and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

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February 6, 2021

Randolph W. "WR" Cathey - Assistant City Marshal

City of Pauls Valley

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening November 3, 1907, Assistant City Marshal Randolph Cathey, 30, was shot and killed from ambush as he left the Valley Cafe by Jim Stephenson. Jim Stephenson had openly threatened to kill Assistant City Marshal Cathey since Cathey had arrested Stephenson’s nephew several months earlier and had to “beat him into submission” when he resisted arrest.  

Assistant City Marshal Randolph Cathey was single at the time and is buried in Cedar Knob Cemetery, Salado, Bell County, Texas.

Jim Stephenson was found innocent at trial of the murder of Randolph Cathey.

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February 6, 2021

James M. "Jim" Cearley - Night City Marshal

City of Sparks

James M. Cearley was born near Hot Springs, Arkansas, on July 28, 1872. After his service in the Spanish-American War, he moved to Oklahoma in 1919. At the time of his death, James Cearley had lived in the small town of Sparks in Lincoln County about two years serving as the night city marshal.

About 7 a.m. Thursday morning December 8, 1927, City Marshal Jim Cearley’s body was found in Sparks. City Marshal James Cearley had been shot four times from a distance close enough to set his overcoat on fire. City Marshal James Cearley’s body was severely burned from the waist up. City Marshal James Cearley’s unfired pistol was found several feet from his body. Four men were soon arrested for the murder of City Marshal James Cearley.

City Marshal James Cearley, 55, left behind a wife and four children and is buried in Kellerby Cemetery, Arlington, Lincoln County, Oklahoma.

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December 8, 2021

James Dewey Chamblin - Patrolman

Oklahoma City Police Department

About 3: 25 A.M. Monday morning, April 15, 1974, Officer Chamblin and his partner Master Patrolman John Campbell arrested three patrons of the Tip Toe Inn tavern at NE 5th and Harrison for public drunkenness. As the officers were walking the trio out of the tavern one of them, Michael Wayne Green, turned and shot both officers at point blank range. The officers returned fire and hit Green four times. Chamblin died before reaching the hospital. Both Officer Campbell and Green survived their wounds. Green’s death sentence was later commuted to life in prison. Chamblin, 31, was married with three young children.

Felix Chapman  - Special Deputy,

Okmulgee Police Department

On Sunday, November 15, 1908, Jimmy Grayson had filed a complaint against a black gunsmith named Newt Decker over an argument about a day’s catch of fish. Okmulgee Assistant Chief of Police Henry Klaber and two brothers, Ralph and Felix Chapman, who were deputized to assist Chief Klaber, went to Newt Decker’s house at Second and Creek Street with Jimmy Grayson. As the men approached the house, Newt Decker, an expert shot, ran out shooting with guns in both hands. Assistant Chief Klaber was shot in the throat and died soon after.

The Chapman brothers ran to Assistant Chief Klaber’s aid, firing at Decker with the fallen chief’s gun. Newt Decker shot and killed both Ralph and Felix Chapman then ran back in his house.

Okmulgee Chief of Police Dick Farr rode up on his horse and tried to assist the fallen Henry Klaber. Decker shot Chief Farr in the right shoulder. Chief Farr took a shot at Newt Decker with his left hand and felt he struck Decker because he saw him whirl around as he fired. Undaunted, Decker fired again wounding Chief Farr again in his left arm.

Sheriff William Edgar Robinson, the first elected Sheriff of Okmulgee County, arrived on the scene and was soon also shot dead by Newt Decker.

Other officers responded and the gunfight lasted over an hour with over five hundred shots being fired. Two other officers were wounded in the shootout as well as three bystanders. The officers finally set the house next to Newt Decker’s on fire. The fire spread to Decker’s house. As Decker came to the door he was shot and fell back inside the house to burn to death.

Felix Chapman was 26 years of age and was survived by his wife.

Brothers Felix and Ralph Chapman are buried in Okmulgee Cemetery, Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma.

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November 15, 2021

Ralph Chapman - Special Deputy

Okmulgee Police Department

 On Sunday, November 15, 1908, Jimmy Grayson had filed a complaint against a black gunsmith named Newt Decker over an argument about a day’s catch of fish. Okmulgee Assistant Chief of Police Henry Klaber and two brothers, Ralph and Felix Chapman, who were deputized to assist Chief Klaber, went to Newt Decker’s house at Second and Creek Street with Jimmy Grayson. As the men approached the house, Newt Decker, an expert shot, ran out shooting with guns in both hands. Assistant Chief Klaber was shot in the throat and died soon after.

The Chapman brothers ran to Assistant Chief Klaber’s aid, firing at Decker with the fallen chief’s gun. Newt Decker shot and killed both Ralph and Felix Chapman then ran back in his house.

Okmulgee Chief of Police Dick Farr rode up on his horse and tried to assist the fallen Henry Klaber. Decker shot Chief Farr in the right shoulder. Chief Farr took a shot at Newt Decker with his left hand and felt he struck Decker because he saw him whirl around as he fired. Undaunted, Decker fired again wounding Chief Farr again in his left arm.

Sheriff William Edgar Robinson, the first elected Sheriff of Okmulgee County, arrived on the scene and was soon also shot dead by Newt Decker.

Other officers responded and the gunfight lasted over an hour with over five hundred shots being fired. Two other officers were wounded in the shootout as well as three bystanders. The officers finally set the house next to Newt Decker’s on fire. The fire spread to Decker’s house. As Decker came to the door he was shot and fell back inside the house to burn to death.

Ralph Chapman was 30 years of age and was survived by his wife.

Brothers Felix and Ralph Chapman are buried in Okmulgee Cemetery, Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma.

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November 15, 2021

Kelley Allen Chase - Officer Cadet

Oklahoma City Police Department

Friday afternoon, October 12, 2012, Police Cadet Chase was participating in a six-minute physical test, the final exercise in a two-week self-defense training course, part of the 28 week police academy which started in May. During a take-down maneuver with an instructor Chase’s head hit the padded floor mat and he suffered an internal brain injury. Chase was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital where emergency surgery was performed. Officer Chase died the next morning. Chase had served fifteen years in the U S Air Force obtaining the rank of Major before leaving in November 2011. Officer Chase was survived by his wife of four years, Elke, three year old son Kyle and two year old daughter AlesIa.

Revised Nov 1, 2012

Chin-Chi-Kee - Captain

Chickasaw Lighthorse

About Friday, December 12, 1851, Chickasaw Lighthorse Captain Chin-Chi-Kee stopped and attempted to arrest four whiskey smugglers north bound out of Texas in a wagon south of Tishomingo, the capitol of the Chickasaw Nation. A fight broke out with the smugglers and Captain Chin-Chi-Kee, armed only with a knife, killed three of the men before the fourth, a Seminole Indian named Bill Nannubbee, shot Captain Chin-Chi-Kee in the head killing him.

The burial site of Captain Chin-Chi-Kee is unknown.

Chickasaw Lighthorse Captain Chin-Chi-Kee is one of the oldest documented law enforcement line of duty deaths in Oklahoma.

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February 6, 2021

Charles E Chitwood - Special Agent

St Louis & San Francisco Railroad

Agent Charles Chitwood, 37, was shot twice as he attempted to arrest a man, he caught burglarizing a freight car on a sidetrack in Tulsa about 11 p.m. the night of Monday, July 26, 1920. Special Agent Charles Chitwood was transported to the hospital with wounds to his chest and abdomen and died soon after arriving at the hospital. Before he died Agent Charles Chitwood was able to give a description of the black male suspect.

In February 1921 Andy Carr alias Benny Carr was arrested in Oklahoma City for the murder of Special Agent Charles Chitwood.

Special Agent Charles Chitwood was single and an Army veteran of World War I and is buried in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

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February 6, 2021

Charles Francis Christian - Correctional Officer

Oklahoma State Reformatory at Granite

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

On Saturday, February 16, 1935, Officer Charles Christian was a victim of an attack by a convict while Christian was supervising a work gang at the Oklahoma State Reformatory at Granite. Officer Charles Christian suffered a crushed skull and died never recovering from his injuries that day.

Charles Christian, a widower, is buried in Rock Cemetery, Granite, Greer County, Oklahoma.

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February16, 2022

Perry  Levi Chuculate - Deputy Sheriff

Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office

The afternoon of Friday, August 27, 1926, Deputy Perry Chuculate was one of a group of four officers searching for a stolen car about three miles west of Sallisaw.  The officers saw a car approaching them at a high rate of speed. The officers blocked the highway with their car and the speeding car stopped some distance away. Deputy Perry Chuculate started walking toward the stopped car with a shotgun. The men in the stopped car, members of the Kimes gang of bank robbers, opened fire on the officers with rifles hitting Deputy Perry Chuculate in the right arm and lung. Sixty rounds were exchanged during the gunfight until the officers ran out of ammunition. The Kimes gang members then took one of the other officers, who had been wounded, and a passing farmer hostage and left in the other officer’s car. Both hostages were later released near Van Buren, Arkansas.

Deputy Perry Chuculate died in the hospital shortly before 6 p.m. that afternoon.

Perry Chuculate was survived by his wife Ruby, daughter Opal, 14 and two sons Owen, 13 and Odell, 10 and is buried in the Sallisaw City Cemetery, Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.   

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February 6, 2021

Briggs Chumley - Detective

Oklahoma City Police Department

About 1 a.m. on Monday, November 3, 1924, Briggs Chumley, a former Texas Ranger, and Detective Elmer Miller arrested Claude Newton at N.W.4th and N. Olie for the armed robbery of a restaurant at 1101 W. Main. After searching Claude Newton and finding no weapons, the detectives holstered their guns.  Claude Newton then drew an undiscovered gun from inside his coveralls and shot both officers, killing the 45-year-old Detective Briggs Chumley.

Detective Briggs Chumley was survived by his wife and two children and is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

Claude Newton was convicted of the murder of Detective Briggs Chumley and sentenced to life in prison.

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February 6, 2021

Frank James Cissne - Captain

Oklahoma City Police Department

Frank Cissne was born March 2, 1886, in Holmesville, Ohio, to James Leroy and Edna Baker Cissne. Frank Cissne moved to Oklahoma City in 1907 from Coffeyville, Kansas.

Frank Cissne was the head chef at the Huckins Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City for five years then later operated several restaurants. In 1923 Frank Cissne joined the Oklahoma City Police Department where he would serve the next fourteen years. Frank Cissne spent his first two years on the department in Scout Cars before transferring to the Motorcycle Squad in 1925. Frank Cissne was promoted to Lieutenant in 1930. Frank Cissne remained with the Motorcycle Squad until 1936. In 1936 Cissne was involved in his sixth motorcycle accident and vowed to do the rest of his time on the department in an automobile. Frank Cissne was promoted to Captain in January 1937.

On Thursday morning, April 1, 1937, Captain Frank Cissne’s patrol car was involved in a three-car traffic accident at N.W. 4th and N. Broadway. Captain Frank Cissne, 50, was taken to Oklahoma City General Hospital hospitalized with five broken ribs. Captain Cissne’s condition worsened over the next few days as lobar pneumonia and internal paralysis set in. Despite receiving a blood transfusion from his son, Ralph the morning of April 5th Frank Cissne died a few hours afterwards that afternoon.

Captain Frank Cissne was survived by his wife Elizabeth and adult son Ralph.

Frank Cissne is buried in Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

 The twenty-two-year-old motorist who struck Captain Cissne’s patrol car, paid a one dollar fine for not having a driver’s license and posted three twenty-dollar bonds on charges of reckless driving, possessing whiskey, and transporting whiskey.

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January 19, 2022

David Wayne Clark - Patrolman

Shawnee Police Department

Patrolman David Clark, 22, became involved in a high-speed pursuit on Kickapoo Street about 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 16, 1980. The pursuit continued to about three miles north of Shawnee where Patrolman David Clark lost control of his police car. The police car ran off the road, down an embankment, overturned in a creek bed and burst into flames with Patrolman David Clark trapped inside.

David Clark was survived by his parents, two sisters and a brother and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

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February 6, 2021

Joseph Cecil Clark - Deputy Sheriff

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday, February 18, 1959, Deputy Joseph Clark, 59, was in Tulsa driving back to the Sheriff’s Office from Collinsville, where he had investigated a burglary, when he was broad sided by a Tulsa Fire truck at First and Boston Avenue, killing Deputy Clark.. Deputy Clark had entered the intersection on a green light and apparently did not hear the siren or see the flashing lights of the fire truck. The twelve ton fire truck knocked Deputy Joseph Clark’s 1957 Ford approximately thirty-five feet into a telephone pole.  The impact tore the front seat loose and ripped the top off of the countycar.

Deputy Joseph Clark was a widower and was survived by two adult sons.

Joseph Clark is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

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February 6, 2021

Ray Smith Clark, Sr. - Patrolman

Oklahoma City Police Department

On a rainy Saturday night, May 23, 1936, at 10:30 p.m. Officer J. A. McRee was driving east bound on the Exchange Bridge with his partner Officer Ray Clark, 45, in route to a fatality traffic accident. When the officers got to the east end of the Exchange Bridge, where it jogged to the right, Officer McRee attempted the turn to the right but the police car skidded out of control. Officer Ray Clark’s passenger door came open and he fell partially out of the car. When the car slid sideways into a telephone pole, Patrolman Ray Clark was crushed between the pole and the car killing him.

Patrolman Ray Clark was survived by his wife Lela and daughter Mary Jane, 17.

Ray Clark, Sr. is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma county, Oklahoma.

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Walter N. Clark - Patrolman

Tulsa Police Department

Late in the afternoon of Thursday, November 5, 1936, Officer Clark, 56, attempted to arrest Charles Hargrave, an escaped Missouri State Prison convict, for passing forged checks at a drug store at Second and Main Streets. Hargrave shot Clark in the abdomen. Clark returned fire, wounding Hargrave. Hargrave was killed in a shoot out with police later that day. Clark died from his wound at 2:30 A.M. on Thursday, December 10th. Clark left behind a wife, a son and five daughters.

Thomas Cloud - Captain

Seminole Lighthorse

On Sunday, March 29, 1885, Captain Thomas Cloud, Sam Cudgo and several other members of the Seminole Lighthorse had gone to a shack near Sacred Heart Mission (twenty-two miles south of present-day Shawnee) and attempted to arrest Rector Rogers for killing his brother-in-law.  As the Lighthorse officers arrived at the shack Rector Rogers began firing at the officers through the cracks of the shack. Officer Sam Cudgo was struck in the abdomen and died an hour later. Captain Thomas Cloud was struck in the upper left leg shattering a bone. Rector Rogers was then shot and killed by the other members of the Ligthorse.

Captain Thomas Cloud was taken to the home of Seminole Chief John Jumper in Sasakwa where he died two days later, the morning of Tuesday, March 31, 1885.

The burial site of Thomas Cloud is unknown.

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February 8, 2021

James M. Coats - City Marshal

City of Pryor Creek

Near midnight Wednesday, December 16, 1914, City Marshal James Coats, 48, had located Jesse Moore at the Mayor Hotel in Pryor Creek.  Jesse Moore was wanted for failing to return to court to pay his fine for public drunkenness. Marshal Coats’ friend, Austin Whitaker, accompanied him.  The two men went to the hotel room where Jesse Moore was registered and called for him to come out. Jesse Moore however was in the room across from his at the time and fired four shots through the door, striking City Marshal James Coats three times, once in the heart killing him. Austin Whitaker then took the dead marshal’s gun and arrested Jesse Moore.  

City Marshal James Coats left behind his wife Susie and eight children and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Pryor, Mayes County, Oklahoma.

Jesse Moore was convicted of the murder of City Marshal James Coats and later died in prison.

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February 8, 2021

Henry Davenport. Cobb - Patrolman

Bartlesville Police Department

Shortly before 11 p.m., Monday, December 30, 1935, Patrolman Henry Cobb, 62, had gone to 518 South Kaw in reference to a drunken disturbance and attempted to arrest Robert F. Holland. Robert Holland began backing away, drew a gun and shot Patrolman Henry Cobb twice, once in one shoulder and once above the heart. Patrolman Cobb then struggled with Robert Holland over the gun, during which it discharged and wounded Robert Holland in the left hand. Robert Holland then ran out the back door. Patrolman Henry Cobb staggered out the front door, collapsed and died in the street in front of the house.

Patrolman Henry Cobb was survived by his second wife Ola, two sons and a daughter and is buried in White Rose Cemetery, Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma.

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February 8, 2021

Theo Cobb - Trooper

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

The early morning hours of Sunday, June 24, 1951 Troopers Theo Cobb and Charles Branch were finishing up their investigation of a traffic accident on Highway 76 two miles north of Fox in Carter County. Trooper Theo Cobb stepped out from behind a wrecker at the scene and saw a car approaching at a high rate of speed and tried to slow it down by waving his flashlight at the driver. The speeding car struck Trooper Theo Cobb knocking him fifty-seven feet. The car sped away without stopping.

Trooper Theo Cobb, 43, died approximately three hours later at 5:45 a.m. in the Hardy Sanitarium in Ardmore.

Trooper Theo Cobb was survived by his wife Julia, a son, Gerald, and two daughters and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.

Trooper Theo Cobb’s son Gerald went on to later serve two terms as Sheriff of Carter County.

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February 8, 2021

William Charles "Charlie" Coen - Reserve Deputy Sheriff / Police Officer

Harper County Sheriff's Office / Laverne Police Department

Harper County Reserve Deputy Sheriff William Charles "Charlie" Coen, 57, of Laverne, died in a one-vehicle accident two miles west of Buffalo in Harper County around 12:15 a.m. Sunday morning, June 10, 2012. William Coen was also serving as a full-time police officer with the Laverne Police Department.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) Lt. Stan Walker and Trooper Dustin McAtee investigated the fatal accident. According to the accident report, Deputy William Coen was responding to an agency assist call in Laverne and was westbound on U. S. Highway 64 in a Dodge Charger. The report stated the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the right side of the roadway striking a delineator then ran into a stack of round bales of hay which apparently pinned Deputy William Coen in the vehicle. According to the accident report, the vehicle then caught fire. Deputy William Coen was pinned in the vehicle for just over three hours and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Deputy William Coen was survived by his wife Lori, a seventeen-year-old daughter and a twenty-year-old son and is buried in Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 9S-3-10   NLEOM – 24E28

February 8, 2021

James Daniel Coffee - Deputy Sheriff

Wilbarger County Texas Sheriff's Office

Between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 1918, Deputy Sheriff James Coffee and Fargo (TX) Constable Jim Edwards went to the Oklahoma side of the Red River at the toll gate of the Webb Crossing in an attempt to stop and arrest bootleggers who were reported to be bringing whiskey into Oklahoma from Wichita Falls, Texas at this point.

Soon after arriving on the north side of the river at the toll gate a north bound car approached with its curtains drawn. When the car stopped to pay the toll, Deputy Sheriff James Coffee stepped to the car and drew back a curtain. The two men in the car immediately opened fire on the two officers. Deputy Sheriff James Coffee was shot in the abdomen with a double-barrel sawed off shotgun by Charlie Holden, who then escaped. The other man in the car was arrested.

Deputy Sheriff James Coffee, age 45, died at 3 a.m. the next morning, February 16th.

Deputy Sheriff James Coffee was survived by his wife  Louisa and their five young children, ages sixteen to two years of age and is buried in Fargo Cemetery, Fargo, Wilbarger County, Texas.

Charlie Holden, who was out on bond for the killing of Cleveland County Deputy Sheriff Grover Fulkerson, was later captured and pled guilty to Deputy Sheriff James Coffee’s murder and was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison.

OLEM – 10N-2-16     NLEOM – 36W23

February 16, 2022

John Cogburn - Deputy Sheriff

Roger Mills Country Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Andrew Bullard and his Deputy John Cogburn were investigating reports of stolen cattle and horses on June 30, 1902. They located a group consisting of four men, a woman and two children about 6 p.m. near Dead Indian Creek eight miles north of the town of Cheyenne.  

While Deputy John Cogburn talked with the rest of the group Sheriff Andrew Bullard talked to a man named Frank Doan about the group. While talking Sheriff Bullard observed a man, Pete Whitehead pass a gun to another man, Sam Green, the husband of the woman and father of the two children.

Sheriff Andrew Bullard started to ride toward the two men as Frank Doan rode away.

After a few minutes Frank Doan heard gunshots and saw Sheriff Bullard fall from his horse as Pete Whitehead and Sam Green rode away.

Returning to the camp, Frank Doan found Sheriff Andrew Bullard dead from eleven wounds from a shotgun blast. Deputy John Cogburn was also dead from being shot in the back.

The suspects, believed to be members of the Bert Casey Gang, had taken the sheriff’s horse and rifle with them. The suspects were never arrested.

John Cogburn was survived by his wife Mollie and an infant child and is buried in Cheyenne Cemetery, Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 5N-4-1 (Cagburn)    NLEOM – 32E23

February 8, 2021

Culpepper "Cub" Colbert - Deputy Sheriff

Panola County Sheriff's Office

Panola County was in the Chickasaw Nation of Indian Territory, an area that encompassed portions of the currant Bryan and Marshall counties, west of Durant.

Colbert Station was near and just north of the Red River in Panola County north of the Texas town of Denison.


Deputy Culpepper Colbert was assigned to keep the peace at a dance ten miles east of Colbert Station that went into the early morning hours of Saturday, December 14, 1878. About 4 a.m. Deputy Culpepper Colbert took a gun away from a drunk man named Ben Kemp. Kemp immediately hit Deputy Colbert in the head with a cane and Colbert shot him in the side, inflicting a flesh wound. As Deputy Colbert was leaving one of Ben Kemp’s sons shot Deputy Colbert in the left side with a shotgun, nearly severing his left arm and killing him almost instantly.

Deputy Culpepper Colbert’s burial site is unknown.

OLEM – 4S-1-1    NLEOM – 33E18 [Cobert]

February 8, 2021

George Thomas "G.T." Cole Sr. - Deputy Sheriff

McCurtain County Sheriff's Office

In 1917, the United States was at war with Germany and Oklahomans, like the rest of the country, were taking it seriously. The small town of Bismark in McCurtain County in far southeastern Oklahoma, was named after the German chancellor.

The resident Deputy Sheriff in Bismark was 43-year-old George “G.T.” Cole.

About 5 a.m. Thursday morning, November 21, 1917, Deputy Sheriff George Cole was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Homer Nayles. Homer Nayles was wanted for deserting from the U. S. Army, a serious charge during wartime. Deputy George Cole located the fugitive deserter at a logging operation of the Choctaw Lumber Company and arrested him at gunpoint. Homer Nayles surrendered peacefully but, when Deputy Cole holstered his gun, Homer Nayles grabbed a hidden rifle and shot Deputy George Cole fatally in the stomach. Homer Nayles then escaped but was recaptured by other officers the next morning at his father’s house in neighboring Pushmataha County.

Deputy George Cole was survived by his wife Ethel and eight children and is buried in the old Wright City Cemetery, Wright City, McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

On September 13th of the next year, (1918) the Oklahoma town of Bismark changed its name to Wright City.  

OLEM – 4S-2-28    NLEOM – 64W22

February 8, 2021

Timothy Dale “Tim” Cole - Sr. - Investigator

Comanche County District Attorney’s Office

About 6:40 a.m. the morning of Monday, June 18, 2007, Investigator Timothy Cole was assisting nine Agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN), members of Lawton Police Department and Districts’ 5 and 6 Drug Task Forces on a High-Risk Search Warrant in Lawton. Upon forced entry, an OBN Agent was shot in the left hand and suffered a shrapnel injury near his right eye and Investigator Timothy Cole was shot in the side by the suspect. The suspect, Darren Howell, was then fatally wounded during the exchange of gunfire.

Investigator Timothy Cole suffered a spinal cord injury from the gun shot rendering him a paraplegic. Investigator Timothy Cole’s health continued to deteriorate for eleven years until his death at the age of sixty-one on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Timothy Cole was survived by his wife, three children and eight grandchildren.

Timothy Cole’s earthly remains were cremated.

OLEM – 10S-3-14    NLEOM – 59W31

February 8, 2021

Wesley Green Cole - Deputy Sheriff

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

About 6:40 a.m. the morning of Monday, June 18, 2007, Investigator Timothy Cole was assisting nine Agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN), members of Lawton Police Department and Districts’ 5 and 6 Drug Task Forces on a High-Risk Search Warrant in Lawton. Upon forced entry, an OBN Agent was shot in the left hand and suffered a shrapnel injury near his right eye and Investigator Timothy Cole was shot in the side by the suspect. The suspect, Darren Howell, was then fatally wounded during the exchange of gunfire.

Investigator Timothy Cole suffered a spinal cord injury from the gun shot rendering him a paraplegic. Investigator Timothy Cole’s health continued to deteriorate for eleven years until his death at the age of sixty-one on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Timothy Cole was survived by his wife, three children and eight grandchildren.

Timothy Cole’s earthly remains were cremated.

OLEM – 10S-3-14    NLEOM – 59W31

February 8, 2021

Reuben D. “R.D.” Coleman - Deputy Sheriff

Grayson County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office

On May 5, 1881, Grayson County (Texas) Constable Dallas Hodges was shot and killed by two men, Gravil Goud and Bud Stevens, in Gordonville, Texas.

On Friday, July 8, 1881, Grayson County (Texas) Deputy Sheriffs Reuben Coleman, Erwin and Crabtree along with five other men, including Babe Hodges, brother of the murdered constable, were in Indian Territory, approximately one hundred miles north of Sherman, Texas, in the Arbuckle Mountains. The posse of officers was attempting to arrest the suspects in the killing of Constable Dallas Hodges. The Texas officers surrounded a house with six “desperadoes” inside. When the Texas officers ordered the occupants to come out with their hands up the suspects instead came out of the house firing their guns at the officers. One shot struck Deputy Reuben Coleman in the head killing him instantly. Babe Hodges was also wounded in the head but survived his head wound.

Deputy Reuben Coleman was survived by his wife Louisa and three small children.

The burial site of Reuben Coleman is unknown.

Babe Hodges lived to be almost one hundred years old dying with the bullet still in his head.

Gravil Goud was killed a few months later near Dangerfield, Texas.

Bud Stevens was never arrested for the murders of Constable Dallas Hodges or Deputy Reuben Coleman.

OLEM – 10S-2-4    NLEOM – 31W22

February 8, 2021

Benjamin Carter Collins "Ben" - Officer

U.S. Indian Police

About 9:30 p.m. the evening of Wednesday, August 1, 1906, Officer Ben Collins, 31, was riding on his horse through the gate to his pasture on his way home, about two-hundred yards from his home located between Emmet and Nida, when he was shot from his horse from ambush with an eight-gauge shotgun. Officer Benjamin Collins was able to fire at his assailant four times before he was fatally shot in the face. Hired killer Deacon Jim Miller was arrested for the murder of Officer Benjamin Collins but was later released.

Officer Benjamin Collins was survived by his wife and is buried in Colbert Garden of Memories Cemetery, Colbert, Bryan County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 5N-5-16    NLEOM – 38E18

February 8, 2021

Glen M. Collins - Lake Ranger

Shawnee Police Department

At 11:43 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2005, Lake Ranger Glen Collins, 72, was north bound on State Highway 102 in his city pickup when he attempted to turn left onto Belcher Road. An eighteen-wheel gravel truck south bound on the highway struck Ranger Glen Collins’ pickup broadside on the passenger side causing it to flip over killing Lake Ranger Collins. Glen Collins had been a Lake Ranger for Shawnee for thirty-eight years.

Glen Collins was survived by his wife Freda, their daughter Dixie and two grandsons.  Glen and Freda were to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on December 27th. Freda Collins died four years later and is buried next to Glen in the Kellerby Cemetery, Arlington, Lincoln County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 4S-3-22    NLEOM – 46W25

February 8, 2021

Eliezer Colón-Claussells - Correctional Officer

Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Puerto Rico

Correctional Officer Eliezer Colón-Claussells and Agent Mayra Ramírez-Barreto, of the Puerto Rico Department of Justice, were killed in an automobile crash near Stillwater, while in route to the Cimarron Prison Facility, in Cushing, to extradite three prisoners from the facility. They were driving southbound on Highway 177, near 68th Street, when another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction crossed the center line and struck their van head-on shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013. Agent Mayra Ramírez-Barreto, who was driving, and the other car’s driver were trapped inside their vehicles for several hours and both died at the scene.

Officer Eliezer Colón-Claussells, 35, and the other two corrections officers in the van were transported to Stillwater Medical Center where Officer Colón-Claussells died. Officer Colón-Claussells had served with the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections for ten years and was assigned to the Special Operations Unit.

Correctional Officer Eliezer Colon-Claussells was survived by his 7-year-old son.

Eliezer Colon-Claussells is buried in Cementerio Municipal de Salinas, Salinas, Salinas Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA.

OLEM – 9S-3-12    NLEOM – 60E28

February 9, 2021

Mitchell Compier - Deputy Sheriff

Hughes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Mitchell Compier, 44, and young Wetumka Police Officer Weldon Wilson, 22, were conducting undercover prohibition investigations when on Saturday, April 10, 1926, they made a whiskey purchase in the “negro section” of Wetumka from Roswell Hamilton, 30. The officers arrested Hamilton as soon as he sold them the pint of whiskey. The officers did not search Hamilton for weapons before placing him in their Ford car to transport him to jail.

About 10 p.m. the two officers were transporting Roswell Hamilton to the Hughes County jail by car with Deputy Mitchell Compier driving the Ford coup, prisoner Roswell Hamilton in the passenger’s seat and Officer Weldon Wilson standing on the passenger side running board.

Roswell Hamilton later related that Officer Wilson had been hitting him in the head with his gun trying to get Hamilton to tell where he got the whiskey they bought. During one of the blows the gun accidentally went off twice. One bullet struck Roswell Hamilton in the arm and the other struck Deputy Mitchell Compier. Roswell Hamilton then pulled a canceled automatic pistol and shot Officer Wilson twice causing Wilson to fall away from the Ford. Roswell Hamilton then shot and killed Deputy Mitchell Compier before he could draw his weapon. Roswell Hamilton then jumped from the moving car and escaped.

Officer Weldon Wilson died about forty minutes later after making a statement that they had not searched Roswell Hamilton for weapons.

Roswell Hamilton was captured the next day. Hamilton tried in May 1926, convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His trial was overturned and a new trial order by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on August 27, 1927.

Roswell Hamilton was retried in October 1927, and again found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The burial site of Deputy Mitchell Compier is unknown.

OLEM – 8S-2-25    NLEOM – 47E22

February 9, 2021

Jarate Dewayne Condit - Reserve Officer

Asher Police Department

About 5:30 p.m. the evening of Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Reserve Officer Jarate Condit, 23, was north bound on US Highway 177 just south of State Highway 59 in route from Asher to CLEET training in Shawnee. Officer Jarate Condit was passing another vehicle when he lost control of the marked Asher Police Department vehicle and ran off the right-hand side of the rain slick highway into a concrete culvert. Passing citizens pulled Officer Condit from the unit as it caught fire. Officer Jarate Condit died at the scene.

Officer Jarate Condit was survived by his young son Graysen.

Jarate Condit is buried at Morrison Cemetery, Morrison, Noble County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 9N-1-17    NLEOM – 50W31

February 6, 2021

Bernard "Barney" Connelley - Deputy U.S. Marshal

U.S. Marshal

On Wednesday, August 19, 1891, Deputy Bernard Connelley attempted to arrest Shepard ”Shep” Busby on warrants for adultery at his home on Lee’s Creek about fifteen miles from Fort Smith in the Cherokee Nation. Witnesses heard shots and approached the scene in time to see “Shep” Busby and his son fleeing in to the woods and found Deputy Bernard Connelley shot dead.

Bernard Connelley was survived by his wife Mattie and is buried in Phagan Cemetery, West Point, Benton County, Arkansas.

About a week later Shepard Busby surrendered. He was tried, convicted of the murder of Deputy Bernard Connelley and hanged on April 27, 1892 at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Shepard Busby’s son was convicted of manslaughter in the killing of Deputy Bernard Connelley and sentenced to ten years in the penitentiary at Detroit, Michigan.

OLEM – 5N-2-5    NLEOM – 27W2

February 8, 2021

Daniel. B."D.B." Cook - Constable

City of Ardmore

About 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 1908, Constable Daniel Cook, 47, and two of his neighbors, J. A. Sims and Jim Billings were walking west on East Main in Ardmore when they walked by three other men standing on the sidewalk. The men standing on the sidewalk were John Braziel, Pat McCain and a man named Williams.

One of the men in the Cook group rubbed against John Braziel as they passed by causing Braziel to exchange words. Constable Cook advised Braziel that he was a lawman and would arrest Braziel if he did not calm down. John Braziel stated that there were not enough Constables to arrest him at which time both men went for their guns. Constable Cook never fired a shot. John Braziel shot Constable Daniel Cook in the chin and the ball passed through his neck.

John Braziel then shot J. A. Sims hitting him near the heart, causing instant death.

Jim Billings began to run and was shot through the left arm and through the left hip.

Jim Billings continued to run down the street meeting Ardmore Police Officer Redmond who had witnessed the shooting and was running toward John Braziel. John Braziel met Officer Redmond and handed him his empty gun.

Constable Daniel Cook died four hours later and was survived by his wife, Margaret, two daughters and a son.

The burial site of Constable Daniel B. Cook is unknown.

Jim Billings survived his leg wound.

John Braziel was found guilty of two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

OLEM – 9N-1-14    NLEOM – 35E23

September 25, 2020

Gary Lee Cook - Reserve Deputy Sheriff

Rogers County Sheriff's Office

At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 1998, Deputy Gary Cook, 46, was directing traffic for a youth soccer tournament east of Catoosa on Highway 266 at Keetonville Road when a vehicle struck him. The driver of the car and his male passenger ran from the car after it hit Deputy Cook, skidded 400 feet, hit a street sign, and ran off the road into a ditch. Although the passenger in the car was apprehended a short time later, the driver, Ricardo Rios, remains at large and has eluded arrest by local, state, and federal law enforcement for over twenty years.

Deputy Gary Cook was survived by his mother Juanita and two brothers and is buried in Oakhaven Memorial Gardens, Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 4S-1-24    NLEOM – 12E21

February 9, 2021

Sim Carlton Cook - City Marshal

City of Woodville

On Friday, November 21, 1930, City Marshal Sim Cook, 46, was attempting to arrest George Morrison, Constable of Woodville and alleged bootlegger, for selling liquor. George Morrison resisted arrest and City Marshal Sim Cook knocked him down. While George Morrison was on the ground his brother Felix said something to Marshal Cook, distracting him long enough for George Morrison to draw his gun and shot Marshal Cook. The shot tore through Marshal Sim Cook’s face, just below the nose and came out through the top of his head.

Marshal Sim Cook was survived by his wife and six children and is buried in the Knob Hill Cemetery, Marshall County, Oklahoma, next to his mother, Sallie Cook Bennett.  

OLEM – 4S-2-26    NLEOM – 6W23

Sean Freedom Cookson - Deputy Sheriff

Craig County Sheriff’s Office

The morning of Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Deputy Sean Cookson and his wife Cassandra, an Adair Police Officer, were on their way to training when they were involved in a major vehicle accident. Both officers were transported to the hospital in serious condition.

Deputy Sean Cookson died from his injuries on Monday, February 27th.


Deputy Sean Cookson had just been hired as a Craig County Deputy on February 1, 2017, with his first official day “on the streets” being February 10th.


Deputy Sean Cookson was a senior at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah working on finishing his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Deputy Cookson was also the NSU “Riverhawk” mascot.

Deputy Sean Cookson’s earthly remains were cremated.

Deputy Cookson’s wife Cassandra survived her injuries.

OLEM – 9N-2-16    NLEOM – 38E30

February 29, 2021

Dewitt Clinton Cooley - Deputy Sheriff/Jailer

Tulsa County

About 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, 1915, Deputy Dewitt Cooley, 55, was locking up the Tulsa County jail for the night when one of the prisoners, John Murphy, who somehow had pried his cell door open, struck Deputy Cooley in the head with an iron casting causing a gaping wound and a fractured skull. John Murphy then drug Deputy Cooley into a jail cell and locked it. John Murphy then released another prisoner, William Moore. Deputy Dewitt Cooley’s wife, Nancy, had brought him supper and upon hearing the disturbance went into the cell area and was also struck in the head and locked in the cell with her husband. The two prisoners then released a third man, Charles Smith and escaped.

Mrs. Cooley recovered from her head wound but Deputy Dewitt Cooley died a week later at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 1915.  

Deputy Dewitt Cooley was survived by his wife Nancy, a son and a daughter and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Owasso, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 4S-2-15   NLEOM – 24W22

February 10, 2021

Silas W. "Cy" Cope - Assistant Chief Of Police

Wewoka Police Department

On Sunday, January 29, 1928, Assistant Chief Silas Cope, 60, had accompanied Seminole County Deputy Sheriff Bud Gordon in taking a mental patient to the state hospital in Norman. On the way back the officers stopped about 5:30 p.m. to eat in Saint Louis, an oil boomtown, eight miles from Maud.

As the two officers were leaving the restaurant, someone open fire on them from ambush. Assistance Chief Silas Cope was hit three times and Deputy Bud Gordon returned fire, but the man escaped. Assistant Chief Cope was taken to the hospital but died at 7 p.m. that evening.

Assistant Chief Silas Cope was survived by his wife Pearl and twin adult sons Tuck and Nip and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Wewoka, Seminole County, Oklahoma.

A bootlegger named T. F. “Red” Griffin was later convicted of the murder of Assistant Chief Silas Cope and sentenced to thirty years in prison.

OLEM – 8S-5-24    NLEOM – 38W19

February 10, 2021

W. H. Corder – Deputy Sheriff

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office

The night of Monday, October 22, 1917, Deputy Sheriff W. H. Corder attempted to raid the small store of Douglas Jones to search for illegal whiskey. For some reason Deputy Sheriff Corder was not able to search the store and retuned the next morning, Tuesday, October 23. As Deputy Sheriff Corder entered the store he was shot at least five times by Douglas Jones and died within the hour.

Douglas Jones and two of his clerks, G. C. Jackson and J. A. Brown were arrested for the killing of Deputy Sheriff W. H. Corder.

In late April 1918 Douglas Jones was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to ten years in prison.

The burial site of Deputy Sheriff W. H. Corder is unknown but believed to be in or near

Fairland, Ottawa County, Oklahoma.

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April 13, 2021

Sylvester Ralph “Ves”, Cormack - Detective

Tulsa Police Department

Detective Sylvester Cormack and his partner Detective Ben Johnston were standing by a car near the Sophian Plaza in the 1500 block of South Frisco Avenue on the evening of Thursday, September 12, 1946 questioning a couple of suspicious men in reference to the death of Tulsa Police Officer Jerry St. Clair.  Detective Sylvester Cormack was talking with James Oswell Neely, 17, on the passenger’s side of the car while Detective Ben Johnston was talking with Victor Lloyd Everhart, 23, on the driver’s side. At almost the same time both men in the car drew guns and fired at the officers. Detective Ben Johnston was hit in the upper right chest and Detective Sylvester Cormack was shot through the heart. Detective Cormack was able to shoot James Neely in the leg before he died at the scene.

Detective Ben Johnston died on Friday January 3, 1947, from his wound.

Detective Sylvester Cormack was survived by his wife Nellie and is buried in Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery, Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

James Neely eventually served fifteen years of a life sentence for the murder of Detective Cormack.

On Sunday, February 2, 1947, Victor Everhart escaped from the Tulsa County jail and later that day was killed in a shootout with Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers south of Chouteau.

OLEM – 7N-3-10    NLEOM – 46W11 [Carmack]

February 10, 2021

Frank L. Cornelius - Special Officer

Santa Fe Railroad

About 10 a.m. Tuesday January 18, 1921, Special Officer Frank Cornelius, 30, was walking in the 100 block of West Noble Street (later renamed Southwest Second Street) in Oklahoma City in route to the railroad yard when two armed men approached him and tried to rob him. Officer Frank Cornelius drew his gun and a gun battle ensued where some twenty shots were fired in all. The two robbers escaped but not before one of them was wounded. Officer Frank Cornelius was also wounded and taken to University Hospital. Officer Cornelius was conscious until just before he died at 1 a.m. the morning of Thursday January 20th.


In late March, Harry Henry and Bailey Owen were arrested and charged with killing Officer Frank Cornelius. They were later convicted of his murder and sentenced to terms in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Frank Cornelius was a World War I veteran having been wounded twice in battle and had received the Distinguished Service Cross (the second highest medal for combat valor, behind only he Medal of Honor) and the Croix de Guerre for valor in combat in Germany and France. Frank Cornelius had been a Norman police officer and a City Attorney at Wynnewood before going to work for the Santa Fe Railroad about a year before his death.

Frank Cornelius was survived by two brothers and a sister and is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Wynnewood, Garvin County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 8S-2-22    NLEOM – 63W28

February 10, 2021

Harley Richard Cottingham - Special Agent

U.S. Department of Defense Investigative Services

Harley Cottingham, 46, had been an agent for the Defense Investigative Service for eleven years when he was killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City the morning of Wednesday, April 19, 1995. He had served in the Navy 1969 to 1973. In 1980 he joined the U.S. Veterans Administration as a Veterans Outreach Counselor. In 1985 he joined the U.S. Department of Defense Investigative Service. Special Agent Harley Cottingham had served in the Omaha, Nebraska and Colorado Springs, Colorado, field offices before being assigned to the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma office in 1991. Harley Cottingham was an avid golfer and had recently played the historic links at St. Andrews in Scotland.  

Harley Cottingham is buried in Lewiston Cemetery, Union, Cass County, Nebraska.

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February 10. 2021

Henry Lester Cotton - Officer

Perkins Police Department

Just after 11p.m. the evening of Friday, March 28, 1986, Officer Henry Cotton, 44, went into a bar located at Main and Stumbo streets in Perkins to arrest Robert Fields, whom Cotton had observed park his car in front of the bar. Officer Cotton knew Robert Fields was driving under suspension. When Robert Fields saw Officer Cotton approaching him in the parking lot, he ran into the bar. While attempting to arrest Robert Fields in the bar Fields resisted and Officer Cotton struck him in the head with his flashlight. At that time Robert Field’s brother Bruce attacked Officer Henry Cotton from behind.  Officer Cotton flipped Bruce Fields over his back and into the bar. Robert Fields grabbed Officer Cotton’s flashlight but was grabbed by other customers in the bar. A friend of the Fields’, Chris Nelson had been “mouthing off” at Officer Cotton the whole time. With the help of other officers who arrived to help Officer Cotton, all three men were arrested and placed in jail. Officer Henry Cotton was injured in the fight and after placing the three men in jail he went to the hospital. Officer Henry Cotton had pulled all the muscles in his groin during the fight which would require two surgeries to repair the damage. Three weeks after the first surgery Officer Cotton was home recovering when on Tuesday, April 29th he suffered a pulmonary embolism and died from a blood clot that had formed on the incision.

Officer Henry Cotton was survived by his wife Martha and two sons Michael, 20, and Jason, 7 and is buried in Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma.

Robert “Bobby” Fields went on to become a law enforcement officer himself and eventually become Chief of the Iowa Tribal Police.

OLEM – 9N-3-16       NLEOM – 37E30

February 10, 2021

Joseph Winford "Joe" Cotton - Chief of Police

Wewoka Police Department

About 7:15 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 1953, Chief Joseph Cotton rode with Officer Carl Sullinger to a disturbance call involving a mental patient named Joe Sisney, 60, who was carrying a 16-gauge shotgun.

As the officers pulled up in front of the house, Joe Sisney opened fire on them with the shotgun. The first shot blew out one of the police car’s windows and hit Chief Joseph Cotton in the head and Officer Carl Sullinger in the shoulder. The two officers got out of the car, took cover on the driver’s side, and returned fire. At one-point Chief Cotton raised up to shoot and was wounded in the face by another shotgun blast and was killed.  

Chief Joseph Cotton was survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter and is buried in Holdenville Cemetery, Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma.

Joe Sisney was arrested and charged with the murder of Chief Joseph Cotton.

OLEM – 7N-3-14 (Cotten)    NLEOM – 4E22

February 10, 2021

Fred Beaumont Counts - Patrolman

Oklahoma City Police Department

Patrolman Fred Counts, 27, was the passenger in a police car that was involved in a collision with a fire truck at N.E. 10th and N. Durland late Monday night, August 22, 1938. The police car, driven by Officer L. R. Puett, and the fire truck were responding to the same fire call with red lights flashing and sirens sounding.  Officer Fred Counts was killed in the crash and Officer L. R. Puett’s chest was crushed but he survived. Four firemen were also injured when the fire truck overturned.

Patrolman Fred Counts was survived by his wife Lucile and is buried in Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 7N-2-11    NLEOM – 44W4

February 10, 2021

Raymond Frederick Cowan - Captain

Tulsa Police Department

While serving as Desk Sergeant in the jail, Raymond Cowan interceded in a fight between a prisoner and another officer. During the fight Sergeant Raymond Cowan received a severe blow to the head. Sergeant Raymond Cowen was later promoted to Captain in 1936 and retired in 1946. Captain Raymond Cowan died on February 4, 1947, six months after retiring, do to both a heart attack and the after-effects of the on-duty head injury.

Captain Raymond Cowan was survived by his wife Rebecca and is buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri.

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February 4, 2021

Leroy Elmo Cowles - Patrolman

Tulsa Police Department

On Friday afternoon, September 8, 1961, Officer Leroy Cowles was involved in a traffic accident at Denver Avenue and 15th Street while pursuing a speeding motorist on his police motorcycle. Officer Leroy Cowles was thrown over the top of the car he struck and died from multiple injuries including a crushed chest and fractured skull. The other driver was slightly injured in the accident. The speeding motorist being pursued was never identified.

Patrolman Leroy Cowles is buried in Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery, Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

OLEM – 7N-5-10    NLEOM – 51E5

February 10, 2021

Albert Jerald "Abe" Cox - Prison Farm Supervisor

Oklahoma State Prison Farm

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Correctional Officer Albert Cox, 47, was a supervisor at the State Penitentiary’s chicken farm on the prison grounds in McAlester on Saturday, March 5, 1977. At 12:40 p.m. that day both Supervisor Albert Cox and inmate trustee Edward Lyle Hall, 30, were discovered missing.

At 4:45 p.m. Supervisor Albert Cox’s body was found in a chicken coop under more than two dozen fifty-pound bags of feed with multiple stab wounds and his throat slashed. Trustee Hall had taken Supervisor Cox’s prison pickup and drove eighty miles southwest to the Washita River near Tishomingo where he kidnapped a farmer and his eleven-year-old young son. A short time later Edward Hall released both unharmed and took their car. Five days later the stolen car was found abandoned in Florida. On Tuesday, October 4, 1977, Edward Hall was arrested by the FBI in Denver, Colorado.

Albert Cox had served with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for twelve years and left behind a wife and two children.

Albert Cox is buried in Ulan Cemetery, Ulan, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.

Edward Hall had been in prison serving a 15-year sentence for a 1974 robbery. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Albert Cox and sentenced to death. In 1982 his conviction was overturned, and a new trial ordered. He was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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February 10, 2021

David S. Cox - Deputy Sheriff

Hughes County Sheriff's Office

About noon on Friday, January 31, 1908, a gunshot and an outcry were heard from inside C. E. Sneed’s shooting gallery in Holdenville. Rushing inside bystanders found Deputy David Cox shot in the left breast area. Deputy Cox died forty minutes later at a local doctor’s office.

Before dying, Deputy David Cox stated that C. E. Sneed showed him an unloaded gun then loaded it, pointed it at Deputy Cox and snapped the trigger. Deputy Cox then exclaimed to him not to snap it again, but Sneed did, and the gun fired.  Deputy David Cox had previously searched Sneed’s business for stolen property.

Deputy David Cox left behind a wife and seven children and is buried in Glory Cemetery, Hughes County, Oklahoma.

C. E. Sneed was later tried for the murder of Deputy David Cox and acquitted of the charges.

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February 10, 2021

John Thomas "Tom" Cox - Constable/Deputy Sheriff

City of Konawa/Seminole County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday evening August 16, 1933, Constable James Cox and Deputy Constable Andrew Stephens were attempting to arrest Wiley Williams at a gas station in Konawa where he had tried to pay for some gas with a bad check. Constable James Cox told Wiley Williams to get in the police car, but instead Wiley Williams drew a gun. Constable Cox grabbed the gun and wrestled Williams for it. Wiley Williams fired the gun twice, striking Constable James Cox in the abdomen and Constable Andrew Stephens in the foot. Constable Stephens returned fire, but Wiley Williams escaped until he was recaptured later that night.  

Constable James Cox was taken to an Ada hospital where he was operated on for the wound to his bladder, but he died about 8 p.m.

James Cox, 72, had been widowed a month earlier when his wife Sarah died but was survived by five daughters and a son.  

James Cox is buried next to his wife Sarah in the Konawa Memorial Cemetery, Konawa, Seminole County, Oklahoma.

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August 16, 2021

Robert "Bob" Cox - Deputy U.S. Marshal

U.S. Marshal

About 3 A.M. the morning of Sunday, April 13, 1890, Deputy Cox and Deputy U. S. Marshal Charley Canon arrested and handcuffed Ed Louthers for selling whiskey during a barn dance in Claremore. A father and son named Alex and Jesse Cochran witnessed the arrest and decided to free Louthers from the deputies. As Deputy Cox reached into a closet to retrieve his rifle, Alex Cochran shot him in the neck and shoulders. Deputy Canon returned fire and the men fired a dozen shots, one striking Cox in the thigh. The Cochrans and Louthers, still wearing the handcuffs, escaped during the gunfire. Although Cox’s wounds were first thought “not serious”, he died the next day April 14th.

Larry Verne Crabtree - Trooper

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

About 5 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 1977, Trooper Lary Crabtree, 43, stopped a red Volkswagen with Missouri plates three miles west of Bristow on the Turner Turnpike. As Trooper Crabtree approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, he was shot once in the chest with a .410-gauge shotgun and died almost instantly.

The red Volkswagen left but was soon stopped thirteen miles down the turnpike. Five persons were taken into custody however only a Missouri runaway named Monty Lee Eddings, 16, was charged with the murder as an adult. Monty Eddings was convicted and sentenced to death, but his death sentence was later commuted to life in prison.

Trooper Larry Crabtree had been a Trooper thirteen years and was survived by his wife Beverly and their three sons.

Larry Crabtree is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, Pawnee County, Oklahoma.

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February 10, 2021

Brian Keith Crain - Sergeant

Jenks Police Department

The afternoon of Friday, February 22, 2019, Sergeant Brian Crain was the Patrol Division shift supervisor from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sergeant Crain had responded to several calls with other officers and assisted on multiple calls as Supervisor during the shift.

On Saturday, February 23rd at approximately 1 p.m. Sergeant Brian Crain began to complain of chest pain to his wife. At 2:38 p.m. he became unconscious. His wife called 911. EMTs worked on Sergeant Crain for thirty-five minutes attempting to resuscitate him. Sergeant Brian Crain was then transported to St. Francis Hospital where he was treated by medical staff for ninety minutes but Sergeant Brian Crain died at 4:46 p.m.

Brian Crain had been with the Jenks Police Department for nineteen years.


Sergeant Crain was survived by his wife Lisa, and sons Hunter, Gavin and Ethan and is buried in Bixby Cemetery, Bixby, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

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February 10, 2021

Henry B. Crane - Deputy Sheriff

Muskogee County Sheriffs Office

The night of Wednesday, June 17, 1914, Deputy Henry Crane, 34, had been a deputy for seven years and along with Deputy Sheriff Jim Barnes were ordered to ride out to the R. M. Chesser cabin near McLain to provide protection for Chesser’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Ruth, who Chesser feared would be kidnapped.

When the deputies arrived at the cabin, Deputy Henry Crane jumped over the fence while Deputy Jim Barnes was tying up their horses.  Deputy Crane was immediately fired upon by shotguns from inside the cabin and wounded. Deputy Barnes immediately rode back to Muskogee and returned with a posse the next morning.

Deputy Henry Crane had died during the night. The elderly R. M. Chesser and a friend, W. A. Reeve mistook Deputy Crane for a kidnapper and were arrested for shooting him.

Deputy Henry Crane was survived by his wife Sarah, three of her children from a previous marriage and their son, Ted, 6.

The burial site of Henry Crane is unknown.

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February 10, 2021

Wade J.T. Crank - City Marshal


Wade Crank, 74, had been City Marshal about a month when the afternoon of August 1, 1899, two men became involved in a fist fight on a street in Tecumseh. City Marshal Wade Crank ran up to the men and as he grabbed one of the men to arrest him Marshal Crank suffered a heart attack and fell dead at the men’s feet.

Marshal Wade Crank was survived by his wife and two small children and is buried in the Tecumseh Mission Cemetery, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

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February 10, 2021

Benjamin Franklin "Benny" Cravatt - Detective

Oklahoma City Police Department

The evening of Friday, July 16, 1954, Detective Cravatt, 45, had received information on a possible abduction of the assistant store manager at the Jones Boys Supermarket at S.E. 44th and The evening of Friday, July 16, 1954, Detective “Benny” Cravatt, 45, had received information on a possible abduction of the assistant store manager at the Jones Boys Supermarket at S.E. 44th and S. Shields. Believing that the suspects may return and try to open the safe Detective Cravatt waited inside the store while his partner Detective Bill Rackley waited outside.  

Two suspects soon returned with Fanny Ransom, the store’s bookkeeper, who was kidnapped from her home and brought to the store to open the safe. Detective “Benny” Cravatt ordered the two men to surrender but he was jumped by one of them. Before Detective Rackley could get inside the store he heard shots from inside and saw a man running from the store. Detective Rackley exchanged shots with the man, but he got away. Inside Detective Rackley found Detective “Benny” Cravatt dead on the floor from a gunshot through his heart. Nearby was the other man, Raymond Carroll Price, wounded in the leg.

The next day a wounded Hurbie Franklin Farris, Jr. was arrested in Shawnee. Further investigation led to the arrest of James Edward Skinner. Raymond Price and James Skinner were convicted and given life sentences. Hurbie Farris, the triggerman, was given a death sentence and died in Oklahoma’s electric chair on January 18, 1956.

Detective Benjamin “Benny” Cravatt was survived by his wife Lucille and two sons, Lemuel and Benjamin F., Jr. and is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

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February 10, 2021

Andrew Creason - Watchman

Rock Island Railroad Police Department

Early the morning hours of Wednesday, September 9, 1903, Andrew Creason, 18, was patrolling the Rock Island Railroad’s coal and material yard in Chickasha, I.T. when he was attack and beaten about the head apparently by thieves stealing from the box cars parked in the yard. Andrew Creason was found unconscious by other employees getting off work on their way out of the yard. Andrew Creason suffered two severe fractures and five contusions and lacerations to his head. Despite surgery and hopes of a full recovery, Andrew Creason never regains consciousness and died at the Rock Island emergency hospital at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19th.

Andrew Creason’s wife of less than six months, 16-year-old Dora May (Rodgers) stayed by his hospital bed the entire ten days. Andrew Creason was described as having a splendid physique and massive, gigantic frame. No arrests were ever made for Andrew Creason’s murder despite the investigation by Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Madsen.

The burial site of Andrew Creason is unknown but believed to be in Chickasha. His wife Dora died less than four years later at the age of 19 on February 22, 1907, in Ft. Worth, TX and reportedly her body was shipped back to Chickasha for burial.

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September 19, 2021

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Crews - Deputy Sheriff

Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office

About 9 p.m. on Saturday night, September 5, 1953, Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Crews and Undersheriff A. I. Rutherford went to the Denham Hotel at Ninth and Union in Shawnee concerning a man pulling a gun on another man. As the officers approached the west entrance to the hotel, they were met by 75-year-old Jess Stalcup, coming out of the hotel. The officers stopped him and questioned him about the incident. While they were talking to Stalcup, the complainant, Mr. Ewers, came out of the hotel and indicated to the officers that Jess Stalcup was the man with the gun. Jess Stalcup then drew a concealed .45 caliber automatic pistol and emptied it toward the two officers. Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Crews was hit four times in the stomach and side. Undersheriff A. I. Rutherford and two bystanders were also wounded but not as seriously. Undersheriff Rutherford shot Jess Stalcup three times in the neck and chest. Both Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Crews, 54, and Jess Stalcup died at the scene.

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Crews was survived by his wife Ruth and is buried in the Tecumseh Cemetery, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

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September 5, 2021

John Alexander Cross - Deputy Sheriff

Seminole County Sheriff's Office

John A. Cross was born November 4, 1875, in Leslie, Searcy County, Arkansas.

On Tuesday, March 29, 1927, Deputy Sheriff John Cross stopped a car three miles south of Seminole on the highway between Seminole and Wewoka. Unknown to Deputy Sheriff Cross the three men in the car were wanted for an armed robbery they committed the night before.  During the traffic stop one of the men in the car shot Deputy Sheriff John Cross twice in the stomach. The men then drove off and Deputy Sheriff Cross was taken to a hospital in Shawnee. The three men were all in custody by the next day.

Deputy Sheriff John Cross died that night just after midnight, Wednesday, March 30th, a few hours after from his hospital bed identifying one of the men, Bill Jones, as the man who shot him.  

John Cross was survived by his wife Rebecca and adult son Louis, 27, and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole, Seminole County, Oklahoma.

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March 30, 2022

John E. Cross "Bill" -  City Marshal

City of Geary

On Tuesday night, July 7, 1903, City Marshal John E. Cross, 40, was riding home to his wife and six children. He never made it home. City Marshal John Cross’s body was found early the next morning in a wheat field. He had been shot in the stomach and groin. A farmer who lived close by told of hearing three shots about 10:30 p.m. but thought nothing of it in that area. The farmer also mentioned that three men had been camped nearby but were gone that morning. The City Marshal’s gun, silver watch and badge were missing. Suspicion soon centered on two fugitive brothers, Will and Sam Martin.

The Martin brothers were killed a month later in a shootout with other officers and Marshal John Cross’s badge and watch were found in their possession.

John E. Cross is buried in Geary Cemetery, Geary, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

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July 16, 2021

John Myers Cross - Sheriff

Stevens County, Kansas

Stevens County, Kansas was just north of what was then called “No man’s land” and later became the Oklahoma panhandle.

The towns of Hugoton and Woodsdale in Stevens County became embroiled in a bitter county seat war in 1886. Hugoton was finally named the county seat. John M. Cross was elected Sheriff of Stevens County over Sam Robinson in a desperately fought race. The embittered Sam Robinson became City Marshal of Hugoton.

In early 1888, City Marshal Sam Robinson processed some county bounds to try and encourage railroad development in the area. His opponents claimed Robinson had illegally overstepped his authority and got a warrant issued for Sam Robinson’s arrest. Sam Robinson and some of his allies fought off attempts to serve the warrant in Hugoton.

In July of 1888, Sam Robinson went into “No man’s land” on a camping trip. Woodsdale City Marshal Charles “Ed” Short and a posse were sent to arrest Robinson while he was away from Hugoton. Unable to locate Sam Robinson, City Marshal Ed Short sent back word for more men. County Sheriff John Cross deputized a posse of four men, Ted Eaton, Bob Hubbard, Roland Wilcox, and Herbert Tonney and rode out with them to assist City Marshal Ed Short.

In the meantime, City Marshal Ed Short had lost his way and became involved in a gun battle with a posse from Hugoton that pursued him back to Woodsdale.

Sam Robinson had learned that Ed Short and his posse were searching for him and returned to Hugoton, recruited a fifteen-man posse and started back to “No man’s land” after Ed Short, unaware that Short had already been chased back to Woodsdale.

On Wednesday, July 25, 1888, unable to find Ed Short or Sam Robinson, Sheriff John Cross and his deputies were returning to Woodsdale when they encountered some men working in a hayfield. The officers bedded down for the night in the hayfield in what is now northern Cimarron County, Oklahoma. The five officers were awakened a few hours later and found themselves the prisoners of Hugoton City Marshal Sam Robinson and his posse. One by one Sheriff John Cross and his four deputies were gunned down by Sam Robinson and his men. The hay workers witnessed the shootings but were not harmed. This became known as “The Hayfield Massacre”. Hugoton City Marshal Sam Robinson and his posse then returned to Hugoton.

Sheriff John Cross, Deputies Ted Eaton, Bob Hubbard, and Roland Wilcox died at the scene, but Deputy Herbert Tonney survived, and made his way back to Stevens County to testify against Sam Robinson and his posse.  City Marshal Sam Robinson and five of his posse were tried, convicted, and sentenced to be hanged by the Federal Court in Paris, Texas.  They were all released later on appeal when the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the Paris Federal Court had no jurisdiction in the murder cases as “No Man’s Land” was not part of the United States at the time of the murders.  They were never tried again. “No Man’s Land” was made a part of the Oklahoma Territory by The Oklahoma Organic Act of 1890.

Sheriff John M. Cross was survived by his wife Miram and eight children.

John M. Myers was buried in Woodsdale Cemetery, but his grave was moved in 1930 to Moscow Cemetery, Moscow, Stevens County, Kansas.

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July 25, 2021

Spear Cushman Crossley - Deputy Sheriff

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

Spear Crossley had been an Oklahoma County Deputy Sheriff for over twenty years by June 15, 1922. On that Thursday Deputy Sheriff Spear Crossley located a fugitive driving a stolen car about a mile southeast of the old State Fairgrounds at Reno and Eastern in Oklahoma City. Deputy Crossley took the black fugitive to jail, leaving the stolen Packard behind.

Later that evening Deputy Sheriff Spear Crossley returned with other deputies to recover the stolen Packard. The rope that they tried to tow the stolen car with broke after a short distance and they left to get another rope.

Unknown to the deputies, several Oklahoma City Police Officers had noticed the stolen car and had set up surveillance on it. When the county deputies returned and started to try and tow it again the city officers approached the county deputies. In the rural darkness each group of officers mistook the other for the car thieves. A few gun shots were exchanged before each group of officers figured out who the other group was, but it was too late. Deputy Sheriff Spear Crossley had been shot in the left eye by one of the Oklahoma City officers and died on the way to the hospital. Deputy Sheriff Spear Crossley died a month before his 55th birthday.

Deputy Sheriff Spear Crossley was survived by his wife Rachel, son Marlin and daughter Opal and is buried in Luther Cemetery, Luther, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

Eleven days after his death Deputy Sheriff Spear Crossley’s brother Austin became an Oklahoma County Deputy Sheriff replacing his deceased brother.

OLEM – 8S-2-20 (Croosley)   NLEOM – 62E23

June 15, 2021

Howard M. Crumley -  Trooper

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Shortly before midnight, Sunday, June 28, 1970, Trooper Howard Crumley was found dead about three miles west of Lone Grove on Highway 70. Trooper Crumley had been shot twice with his own service revolver.  It is believed that Trooper Crumley, 35, had been working radar and stopped the Wilkinson brothers, Raymond, and Hubert, after they had robbed and murdered a seventy-five-year-old man in Comanche County. A few hours after killing Trooper Crumley and kidnapping a couple, Raymond Wilkinson committed suicide. Hubert Wilkinson was later arrested, charged with the murder of Trooper Howard Crumley and sentenced to life in prison.

Trooper Howard Crumley was survived by his wife Shirley and three sons, Raymond, Bill, and Doug.

Howard Crumley is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Afton, Ottawa County, Oklahoma.

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February 10, 2021

Green Pryor William Cude - Deputy Sheriff

Grady County Sheriff’s Office

Monday morning April 19, 1909, about 9 a.m. Deputies Green Cude and Marshall went to the home of Jim Moore near Alex to arrest him for forcing everyone out of his house at gun point. Jim Moore is described as an Indian who was recently released from the insane asylum at Ft. Supply. When the deputies arrived, Jim Moore met them at the gate and invited them into the house. Both deputies refused. Jim Moore then walked to the back of the house and returned with a shot gun and sat down in front of the house with the gun across his knees.

Finally, Deputy Green Cude, 36, thought he could talk Jim Moore into surrendering and agreed to go into the house to talk with him. Jim Moore walked to the door and as Deputy Green Cude got near him Deputy Cude tried to grab the shot gun from Moore, but Moore shot him in the chest and face killing him instantly. Deputy Marshall then backed out of the yard as Jim Moore aimed the shot gun at him.

Deputy Marshall sent word to Alex for a posse. When the posse of armed men arrived at the scene Jim Moore ran to a field behind the house. Moore then fired at the approaching posse and they returned fire killing him.

Deputy Green Cude was survived by his wife Lucy and five children and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.

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February 10, 2021

Sam Cudgo - Officer

Seminole Lighthorse

Officer Sam Cudgo was part of a Lighthorse posse led by Captain Thomas Cloud on Sunday, March 29, 1885. The posse was attempting to arrest Rector Roberts when he barricaded himself in a hut and opened fire on the posse. The first shot hit Officer Sam Cudgo in the stomach and the next bullet struck Captain Thomas Cloud in the left leg. The posse returned fire and killed Rector Roberts.

Officer Sam Cudgo died within the hour.

Captain Thomas Cloud died two days later.

The exact burial site of Officer Sam Cudgo is unknown but believed to be in Wewoka, Oklahoma.

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February 10, 2021

Billy Cully - Officer

Seminole Lighthorse

Officer “Billy” Cully had been involved in an altercation trying to arrest a drunk Alex Harjo at a dance just before Christmas 1905. Alex Harjo held a grudge against the Lighthorse officer. Officer “Billy” Cully had obtained a warrant for Alex Harjo for the fight and had been looking for Alex Harjo to serve the arrest warrant.

Officer “Billy” Cully was found dead in a shack five miles west of Sasakwa on Monday, February 5, 1906. Officer Cully’s skull had been crushed with a blunt instrument.

In March Alex Harjo and Barney Fixico were charged with the murder of Officer “Billy” Cully the month before.  

The burial location of Officer Billy Cully is unknown.

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February 5, 2021