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Deputy Sheriff Thomas E. Tyus | Creek County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Creek County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff

Thomas E. Tyus

Creek County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Thursday, July 20, 1911

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Age: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Deputy Thomas Tyus was shot and killed by another officer who mistook him for a burglar.

Deputy Tyus had gone to a home to serve a warrant on a bootlegging suspect but the suspect was not there. A woman at the home thought Deputy Tyus was a burglar and left through a back door to notify an officer.

When the officer arrived spotted Deputy Tyus and started to approach him. Deputy Tyus also saw the officer and, thinking he was the suspect, also approached. The officer thought Deputy Tyus was going to attack him and opened fire, killing him.

Deputy Tyus was survived by his four children.

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I am Deputy Sheriff Thomas Edwin Tyus's granddaughter and have been trying to find out more about his death. The above is somewhat different from the information my mother, his daughter, told us about his death.

Doris B. Furlong
Granddaughter
August 12, 2013

 

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