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Deputy Sheriff Emery Jasper Whitten | McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff

Emery Jasper Whitten

McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 8, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1958

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Deputy Whitten and Constable William Wilmoth were shot and killed while attempting to recover a runaway juvenile. The boy had gone to the home of a man who had previously made trouble with the Sheriff's Department. The man told the deputies to leave or he would shoot them. When they asked a second time for the return of the runaway, the man opened fire. Both deputies were fatally wounded. The suspect was convicted of the murders and sentenced to 99 years for each murder.

On May 13, 1936, the suspect participated in an attempted prison escape. In that incident, Prison Guard Charles Powell, of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, was shot and killed. The suspect was paroled October 14, 1958.

Deputy Whitten had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and four children.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Constable William Daniel B. Wilmoth
McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 8, 1934
Cause: Gunfire

Prison Guard Charles D. Powell
Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 13, 1936
Cause: Gunfire

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Deputy Sheriff Emery Jasper Whitten, Cst William Daniel B. Wilmoth and Prison Guard Charles D. Powell, of Oklahoma ... Rest in Peace, we will recall your ultimate sacrifice on every anniversary of your final courageous duty !

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August 8, 2015

 

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