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Special Officer Frank L. Cornelius | Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Officer

Frank L. Cornelius

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

End of Watch: Thursday, January 20, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Oklahoma

Incident Date: 1/18/1921

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Convicted of murder; sentenced to prison

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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.

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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

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
January 20, 2017

 

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