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City Marshal John E. Cross | Geary Police Department, Oklahoma Geary Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal

John E. Cross

Geary Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 7, 1903

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Two shot and killed

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Marshal John Cross was shot and killed at 2330 hours when he stopped to investigate three suspicious men camping out near the outskirts of town. His body was found in a wheat field the following morning at 0500 hours with a .45 caliber gunshot wound to the stomach.

It was later discovered that the three suspects were members of the Martin Gang, wanted for several holdups in Oklahoma. On August 8, 1903, two of the suspects were shot and killed in a gun battle with U.S. Marshals near Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Marshal Cross's badge, gun, and silver watch were found with the killed suspects. The third suspect escaped and remained at large for more than 16 years. He was captured in Booneville, Missouri, in March of 1920.

Marshal Cross was survived by his wife and six children and is buried in Geary Cemetery, Geary, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
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July 15, 2015

 

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