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Trooper Houston F. Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper

Houston F. "Pappy" Summers

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 62

Tour: 32 years

Badge # 153

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Both shot and killed

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Trooper Summers, Trooper Billy Young, and Lieutenant James Grimes were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two escapees who were wanted for several murders since their escape. Troopers Summers and Young were shot and killed while on a roving patrol of a county road when they came across the suspects in a recently stolen truck. Both troopers were killed in the ensuing gun battle. Lieutenant Grimes and his partner were being directed into the area by aircraft when they too were ambushed. Lieutenant Grimes was killed in the ensuing gun battle and his partner was wounded. Both suspects were eventually shot and killed by other officers.
Trooper Summers had been with the agency for 32 years.

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Second Lieutenant James Pat Grimes
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1978
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Trooper Billy G. Young
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I was a young kid living in Enid OK near the old District 6 at the corner of Van Buren (US 81) and Market St, (now Owen Garriott Blvd). The dispatchers would let me sit in the station and listen to the OHP radio. I got to know most of the troopers at the District and especially Pappy Summers. Once in a while he'd give me a ride home. What a thrill for a young teenager. After the Army I relocated to Ohio and had been in law enforcement about 7 years when I learned of the tragic deaths of the Troopers, including Trooper Summers. What a shock. May he and his fellow Troopers rest in peace. Thanks Pappy!

Patrolman Bryan Waltz
Avon Lake PD, Ohio
September 4, 2016

 

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