Trooper David Warner "Rocky" Eales

Trooper David Warner "Rocky" Eales

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, September 24, 1999

David Warner "Rocky" Eales

Trooper Eales was shot and killed as he and other officers, along with the district attorney's drug task force, were serving a warrant at a rural residence in Sequoyah County. The officers had just arrived at the residence when they were ambushed while still in their cruiser. The round was fired from a .223 caliber rifle and struck Trooper Eales in the side, just above his vest's side panels.

Officers were able to return fire, wounding one suspect. That suspect and his son were both taken into custody. The suspect's trial was declared a mistrial in October 2002. The suspect was convicted in a second trial and sentenced to 20 years in jail for manslaughter.

In 2005 the suspect was indicted on federal charges of killing a law enforcement officer while avoiding an arrest for a felony. He was convicted of the charge on November 4, 2005, and subsequently sentenced to death, pluse two life sentences without parole.

Trooper Eales was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.

Bio

  • Age 49
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 632
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Notified ODMP that your murderer is up for parole hearing on March 27, 2017 so they can notify all ODMP members of this hearing so No Parole letters can be sent to the U.S. District Court in Muskogee, OK demanding parole be denied. You have not been forgotten brother and you never will be. Prayers for your family, friends, and former co-workers during this terrible time of re-opening a never healing wound.

Deputy Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) S.O.

March 13, 2017

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