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Deputy Sheriff James Sam Shelley | Osage County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Osage County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff

James Sam Shelley

Osage County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 11, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Never apprehended

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Deputy James Shelley was killed trying to apprehend two car thieves. He was notified that a car had been stolen and the thieves were heading his way and parked his car on the only road available to them for escape. He was out of his car when they drove up and ordered them to stop. One of the men shot Sam right through the heart; it is believed he died immediately. A reward was offered by outraged citizens but the killers were not caught until eight years later.

Deputy Shelley was survived by his wife and two children, and his parents. He is buried at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 11, 2015


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