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Chief of Police Oswell Ovid Cushing Police Department, Oklahoma

Chief of Police

Oswell Ovid "Joe" Rowden

Cushing Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 30, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Paroled in 1970s

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Chief of Police Oswell Rowden and Deputy Sheriff Jerry Beall, of the Payne County Sheriff's Office, were killed after a prisoner they were transporting caused them to crash their vehicle.

The two officers were transporting two prisoners to the Payne County Jail when one of the prisoners climbed over the front seat and attacked them. The vehicle crashed during the ensuing struggle. and both officers were killed in the accident.

The suspect was convicted of murder, but was paroled in the 1970s.

Chief Rowden had been the chief since 1961 and had served with the Cushing Police Department since 1949. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Deputy Sheriff Jerry Mack Beall
Payne County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 30, 1968
Cause: Vehicular assault

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Chief of Police Oswell O. ROWDEN ... the passage of time will never diminish our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice for us. God Bless You and Deputy Sheriff Jerry M. BEAL

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July 30, 2015


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