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Police Officer Edward W. Von Holten | Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

Police Officer

Edward W. Von Holten

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 24, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Officer Von Holten was accidentally shot and killed when his double-barreled shotgun discharged as he attempted to move it. He was driving a police matron home when he reached into the backseat to move the shotgun. One of the hammers got caught, causing the gun to discharge and startling Officer Von Holten. He then dropped the shotgun which discharged again, fatally wounding him.

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My Great Grandfather ... Edward W. Von Holten. When I was a kid, I remember my Grandfather (Earl) receiving a very special Christmas gift. My dad (David) and uncle (Ed) had wrapped a framed memorial to honor my Great Grandfather. His police badge, his gun belt, a silver cigar case and a photo that he was carrying when the accident happened. I remember the look on my grandfather's face as he realized it was his fathers badge and photo. He immediately broke down and cried like a baby. As I child I was frightened to see him cry but now realize how special that Christmas truly was. There was not a dry eye in that house. I didn't know the full story until today when I found this on the internet. The Circle of Life and the power of the internet. I'm proud to discover that my Great Grandfather was a true Hero!

Christopher David Von Holten
Great Grandson
May 27, 2014

 

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