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Captain Homer R. Spaulding | Okmulgee Police Department, Oklahoma Okmulgee Police Department, Oklahoma


Homer R. Spaulding

Okmulgee Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Thursday, January 19, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/9/1922

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Captain Homer Spaulding succumbed to gunshot wounds received ten days earlier when he and two other officers were engaged in a shootout with two other men.

The officers had stopped to assist six men who were working on a stalled car at 3:30 am. Two of the men suddenly pulled out handguns and opened fire, mortally wounding Captain Spaulding and wounding one of the other officers. One suspect was also shot and killed.

The suspects were believed to be associates of a gang involved in 16 other police-shootings, the Barker/Karpis gang, between 1918-1939.

Captain Spaulding had been employed with the Okmulgee Police Department for nine years. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Green Hill Cemetery, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, not even 90 years.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 19, 2012


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