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Police Officer Cal Palmer | Enid Police Department, Oklahoma Enid Police Department, Oklahoma

Police Officer

Cal Palmer

Enid Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 8, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/8/1936

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Officer Cal Palmer was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a bar on a suspicious person call. The bar owner had been tipped that his bar was going to be robbed and had been keeping watch on non-regular patrons. When the officers arrived they asked a suspicious man to come with them. He requested that he be able to finish his beer first and the officers let him.

As he finished his beer he slammed it on the table and at the same time lifted a gun next to him in the booth and started firing, instantly killing Officer Palmer and wounding the other officer. The suspect fled but was chased by other officers and killed in a shootout.

Unbeknownst to Officer Palmer at the time, the suspect was an escapee from a mental hospital in Minnesota. A member of the Karpis-Barker gang, he had been responsible for the murder of three other law enforcement officers: Marshal John Rose, of the Kirksville, Missouri, Police Department on November 17, 1930, and Officer Ira Evans and Officer Leo Gorski, of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, Police Department on December 16, 1932.

Officer Palmer had served with the agency for two years was also Major County Deputy Sherriff. He was survived by his wife and two sons and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Enid, Oklahoma.

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End of Watch: Monday, November 17, 1930
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End of Watch: Friday, December 16, 1932
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End of Watch: Sunday, December 18, 1932
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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 77th anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
January 1, 2013

 

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