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City Marshal Ben J. Higbee | Coyle Police Department, Oklahoma Coyle Police Department, Oklahoma

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Ben J. Higbee

Coyle Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, February 1, 1904

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 1/30/1904

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Marshal Ben Higbee was accidentally shot and killed when his pistol fell from its holster as he struggled with a suspect. The gun discharged with it struck the ground, and the round struck him in the groin.

He succumbed to the wound two days later.

Marshal Higbee had served with the agency for only one month.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 97th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
February 1, 2011


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