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Police Officer James Richard Hill | Marlow Police Department, Oklahoma Marlow Police Department, Oklahoma

Police Officer

James Richard Hill

Marlow Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, April 20, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Executed in 1938

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Officer Hill was shot and killed while he and the chief investigated three suspicious men in a vehicle. When the two officers pulled up next to them to question them the men immediately opened fire, wounding the chief and fatally wounding Officer Hill.

Two of the suspects were apprehended and sent to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. The third suspect continued a life of crime and ended up in the Folsom State Prison in California. On September 19, 1937, the suspect, along with six other inmates attempted to escape from the prison. In doing so, the inmates murdered Officer Harry Martin and Warden Clarence Larkin, both of the California Department of Corrections. The suspect was sentenced to death for those two murders and executed in the gas chamber on December 2, 1938.

Officer Hill had been with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his wife and eight children.

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Officer Harry E. Martin
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Sunday, September 19, 1937
Cause: Stabbed

Warden Clarence Larkin
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Friday, September 24, 1937
Cause: Stabbed

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... the passage of time will never diminish our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice for us. God Bless You Officer James HILL, your Family, Community, and your Fallen and Serving comrades of the Marlow Police Dep't and of the whole state of Oklahoma.

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September 19, 2015

 

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