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Constable John A. Armstrong | Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma


John A. Armstrong

Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Thursday, November 7, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years

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Constable Armstrong was shot and killed as he and another constable attempted to serve court papers on a man for an unpaid debt. The constables were ordered to collect $7.10 or confiscate the man's car. When they confronted the man, he went into his house, retrieved a shotgun, and shot Constable Armstrong in the chest.

A month later the suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Constable Armstrong had served with the Tecumseh Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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