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Officer Claude E. Ryan | Okemah Police Department, Oklahoma Okemah Police Department, Oklahoma


Claude E. Ryan

Okemah Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, February 26, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Claude Ryan was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress at a local warehouse at approximately 9:30 pm.

A local auto dealer manager saw Officer Ryan pass by and then heard a gunshot in an alley a few minutes later. Officer Ryan's body was found in the alley with a gunshot wound to the chest. The warehouse next to where Officer Ryan was found had been burglarized.

Four suspects were eventually apprehended. Three were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. The fourth suspect was acquitted.

Officer Ryan had served with the Okemah Police Department for four years.

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Thanks for your four years of services, Claude.

February 26, 2012


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