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Sheriff Hugh Owen | Nowata County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Nowata County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma


Hugh Owen

Nowata County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 12, 1938

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Owen was shot and killed in Coffeyville, Oklahoma, by one of two men when he entered their home to question them about a series of holdups. Both suspects were captured five days later by state troopers near Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on January 26, 1939. One was paroled in 1959. The other suspect was paroled in January of 1963 but was returned to prison four months later for violating his parole.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 73rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
October 12, 2011


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