Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Prison Guard Charles D. Powell | Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

Prison Guard

Charles D. Powell

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 13, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed in 1941

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Guard Powell was shot and killed after he and three other guards were taken hostage during a mass escape attempt involving about 24 inmates at the Oklahoma State Prison. As the inmates loaded the hostages into a truck other guards opened fire. In the exchange of gunfire Guard Powell was shot and killed and two other guards were wounded.

The leader of the inmates was convicted of Guard Powell's murder and sentenced to life in prison. On August 10, 1941, he was shot and killed during an escape attempt at the same prison in which Warden Jess Dunn and Deputy Sheriff William A. Ford of the Pittsburg County Sheriffs Department were shot and killed.

One of the other prisoners who participated in the 1936 escape attempt had been convicted of murdering Constable William Wilmoth and Deputy Emery Whitten, both of the McCurtain County Sheriff's Department, on August 8, 1934. He was paroled in 1958.

Guard Powell had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

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

Deputy Sheriff Emery Jasper Whitten
McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 8, 1934
Cause: Gunfire

Warden Jess Dunn
Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Sunday, August 10, 1941
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff William A. Ford
Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Sunday, August 10, 1941
Cause: Gunfire

View all 8 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

Thinking about you today. Many thanks for your service to our country.

John Haseltine - Civilian
May 13, 2016

 

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
 
All 2017 Deaths