Sheriff Dwight Calvin Woodrell, Jr.

Sheriff Dwight Calvin Woodrell, Jr.

Pawnee County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, October 13, 2001

Dwight Calvin Woodrell, Jr.

Sheriff Dwight Woodrell was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity outside of an oil and gas drilling company at approximately 0300 hours.

He and other officers had completed a search warrant for an unrelated case when the sheriff decided to check on the business. While on the scene, he radioed for backup and when other units arrived, they found him in his patrol car with five to six gunshot wounds. He was still conscious and was able to give the officers a description and possible name of a suspect before succumbing to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

Two suspects were charged with murdering Sheriff Woodrell. The two had been arrested on unrelated charges and were charged while in jail. The primary suspect was sentenced to life in prison.

Sheriff Woodrell had served with the Pawnee County Sheriff's Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and four young children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 500

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I just watched Murder Comes to Town and learned of your murder. I’m sorry you were taken from your beautiful family and many good friends!
I pray your children and wife have found peace and have been able to move on from your terrible murder knowing how very blessed they were to have experienced life with a person as special as you seem to have been. I have read many many reflections about you and I Know you were an amazing person, father and sheriff.
I can only wish I will be lucky and blessed enough to meet someone as special as you Atleast once in my life.
Thank you for your service and Rest In Peace in the arms of the Lord always


October 7, 2018

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