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City Marshal J. H. Swinford | Kiefer Police Department, Oklahoma Kiefer Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal

J. H. Swinford

Kiefer Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, August 16, 1909

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Escaped

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City Marshal J. H. Swinford was shot and killed by two men he surprised looting the State Bank.

The cashier, who lived above the bank, was awakened by a noise shortly after midnight. Upon investigation he saw two men at work on the vault door and hastily summoned Marshal Swinford. With revolvers drawn, the marshal and the cashier entered the bank through the front door. The robbers opened fire killing Marshal Swinford instantly, and critically wounded the cashier. The suspects fled the scene with a posse in pursuit.

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I inadvertenly left an incorrect anniversary year of your death. 2013 is the 104th anniverary year and you are remembered with honor for your sacrifice.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 22, 2013

 

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