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Deputy Warden D. C. Oates | Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

Deputy Warden

D. C. Oates

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, January 19, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Warden D.C. Oates, Sergeant Fred Godfrey, and Officer H. H. Drover were shot and killed at the Oklahoma State Prison by three prisoners who were attempting to escape. An ex-Oklahoma congressman visiting the prison was also killed and three others were shot and wounded.

No one seemed to know exactly how, but each of the three prisoners had obtained a revolver. As they ran towards the front gate they shot everyone they saw and begged other inmates to join them. Miraculously no other inmates did. As they reached the front gate and fled outside guards opened fire on the escapees killing all three.

Deputy Warden Oates had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and five children.

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You are remembered and thank you sir for your service. RIP Deputy Warden Oates

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
January 19, 2012

 

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