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City Marshal William Matthew Tilghman | Cromwell Police Department, Oklahoma Cromwell Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal

William Matthew Tilghman

Cromwell Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, November 1, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 70

Tour: 54 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Later shot and killed

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Marshal William Tilghman was shot and killed after arresting a corrupt federal prohibition agent for public intoxication. Marshal Tilghman observed the man stumbling in the street carrying a pistol. As he was escorting the man to jail, the suspect pulled out another pistol he had concealed in his pants and shot Marshal Tilghman three times.

The suspect was acquitted of Marshal Tilghman's murder by a corrupt judicial system. The same suspect shot and killed Agent Crockett Long, of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, in 1932 as revenge for being arrested by him. The man also blamed Agent Long for his failure to be hired by the agency.

Marshal Tilghman had been in law enforcement for 54 years, starting his career in the late 1870's. He had served with five different local and federal agencies and had only been with the Cromwell Police Department for only a few weeks. He was survived by his wife and three children and is buried in Oak Park Cemetery in Chandler, Oklahoma.

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Agent Crockett Long
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Monday, July 18, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

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This man is my great, great grandfather. My grandfather was named after him. Without this man I would not be here as his great, great granddaughter. My grandfather was my father. I am sure that William Tilghman was an amazing man like my grandfather William Jackson Tilghman. My son has my grandfather's middle name "Jackson." I am now a law enforcement chaplain. Is it any surprise given my bloodline?

Captain Dawn Tilghman
Great, great grandfather
May 7, 2017


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