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Deputy Sheriff James Daniel Coffee | Wilbarger County Sheriff's Department, Texas Wilbarger County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

James Daniel Coffee

Wilbarger County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, February 16, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Oklahoma

Incident Date: 2/15/1918

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to 99 years

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Deputy James Coffee succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he stopped a car he suspected of transporting illegal liquor.

Deputy Coffee and a Fargo, Texas, constable had gone to the Oklahoma side of the Red River at the Webb Crossing to stop and arrest bootleggers reported to be bringing whiskey into Oklahoma from Wichita Falls, Texas. Soon after the officers arrived, a car with curtains drawn stopped to pay the toll. Deputy Coffee drew back the curtain and two men in the car opened fire on the officers. Deputy Coffee was shot in the abdomen with a double-barrel sawed off shotgun and fatally wounded.

The shooter, who was out on bond for the killing of Cleveland County Undersheriff Grover Fulkerson, was later captured. He confessed to Deputy Coffee's murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. The other men in the car were arrested.

Deputy Coffee was survived by his wife and five children.

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Undersheriff Grover Fulkerson
Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Friday, August 24, 1917
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nd 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
February 18, 2010

 

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