Special Officer Frank L. Cornelius

Special Officer Frank L. Cornelius

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, January 20, 1921

Frank L. Cornelius

Special Officer Frank Cornelius was shot and killed in Oklahoma City by two men who attempted to rob him at gunpoint. He drew his weapon and a shootout ensued in which he was fatally wounded. The two men escaped but one was wounded.

Officer Cornelius was also wounded and taken to University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Two suspects were apprehended two months later. They were convicted and sentenced to prison.

Officer Cornelius had served in WWI and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Croix de Guerre. He had previously served as a policeman in Norman, Oklahoma, and is buried in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Officer Cornelius was survived by two brothers and one sister.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 18, 1921
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder; sentenced to prison

robbery

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Officer Cornelius,
On today, the 96th anniversary the of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you're served during WW I fighting the Germans in Europe.

R.I.P.
USBP

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United States Border Patrol

January 20, 2017

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