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Deputy Sheriff John Dennis | Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff

John Dennis

Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, November 1, 1913

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: lynched

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Deputy John Dennis was shot and killed as he and two other deputies attempted to arrest a murder suspect. The man produced a gun during the arrest and shot Deputy Dennis in the hip. Deputy Dennis bled to death a short time later.

Three days later the suspect was captured by a posse and brought to Wewoka where he was seized by an angry mob and hanged from a telegraph pole.

Deputy Dennis had served with the Seminole County Sheriff's Department for 6 years and was survived by his wife and seven children. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Seminole County, Oklahoma.

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John Dennis was a first cousin to my Grandfather Ira A. Dennis of Paoli, Ok.. My Grandfather was the one who talked him into moving to the new state of Oklahoma from Texas... He stayed with my Grandfather until he got the job in Wewoka and moved there..I'm personally glad his killer got his just desserts...A group of deputies saw him shoot my cousin, so in reality there was no need for a trial...He was guilty and he was lynched....end of story..

Terry Lane Rose
3rd cousin ??
October 23, 2017


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