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City Marshal Thomas Adkins | Dewar Police Department, Oklahoma Dewar Police Department, Oklahoma

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Thomas Adkins

Dewar Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Thursday, July 25, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 2 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Marshal Thomas Adkins was shot and killed while investigating a prowler call. When he arrived at the scene he discovered a pickup truck with a camper shell on the back. As he approached the vehicle a suspect inside fired a shotgun, striking Marshal Adkins in the back.

The suspect fled to his grandfather's home in Schulter, Oklahoma, where he was located by Auxiliary Officer Walter Hembree, of the Henryetta Police Department, and the Henryetta police chief. As the two officers approached the house the suspect shot them as well, fatally wounding Auxiliary Officer Hembree. The suspect then shot and killed Deputy Burton Brewer, of the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Department, before being shot and wounded by the chief of the Morris Police Department.

The 20-year-old suspect was convicted of two counts of capital murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later overturned and he was then sentenced to life in prison. He has a parole hearing in June of 2016.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Auxiliary Officer Walter Thomason Hembree
Henryetta Police Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Thursday, July 25, 1974
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Burton Lee Brewer
Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Thursday, July 25, 1974
Cause: Gunfire

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I am just now discovering this information on Thomas Adkins. I am his eldest daughter. Separated about age 7. Sad story. Anyone care to contact me who knew my dad?

Sarah Adkins Elkins
daughter
April 21, 2013

 

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