Chief of Detectives Tony Oliver

Chief of Detectives Tony Oliver

Springfield Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, January 2, 1932

Tony Oliver

Chief of Detectives Oliver was the last officer to be killed in raid. Chief Oliver attempted to pull back to a safer position while waiting for other officers to arrive with help when the suspects shot him in the back.
Chief Oliver had been with the agency for 26 years and had served as Chief of Detective for two years. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons, one of who would later serve as deputy sheriff of Greene County.

Two brothers considered local petty burglars killed a total of seven Law Enforcement Officers. After they killed Town Marshal Mark Noe on June 2, 1929, a massive manhunt began for the suspects. The two suspects were located at the family farmhouse on January 2, 1932. They had come to town to visit their mother for the Christmas holiday. A raiding party of eleven officers was formed to arrest the two brothers. As the officers surrounded the farmhouse gunfire erupted and in the end six officers lay dead.

The suspects escaped, and fled to Texas. They were located there by Houston Police and as police moved in the two suspects committed suicide.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Chief Oliver,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officers who were also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Springfield. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 2, 2018

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