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Chief of Police Richard Edgar Oliver | Canute Police Department, Oklahoma Canute Police Department, Oklahoma

Chief of Police

Richard Edgar Oliver

Canute Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, July 4, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Chief Oliver was killed during a vehicle pursuit.

Chief Oliver and a reserve officer applicant were patrolling the streets of Canute. Witnessing a motorist run a stop sign, they started a pursuit. About three miles south of Canute, the suspect turned his truck around and headed northbound back toward the officers. Just as the vehicles met at the top of a hill, the suspect's truck was left of center and hit the chief’s patrol car head on. Chief Oliver and the reserve officer applicant were both killed instantly.

The suspect was transported to the Bone and Joint Hospital in Oklahoma City with two fractures to the right leg and facial lacerations. The man was convicted of two counts of first degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Chief Oliver had just been appointed as chief the previous month. He was survived by his 9-year-old daughter.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
July 13, 2015


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