Reserve Deputy Sheriff William Charles Coen

Reserve Deputy Sheriff William Charles Coen

Harper County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, June 10, 2012

William Charles Coen

Reserve Deputy Charley Coen was killed in a single-vehicle crash shortly after midnight while responding to backup a police officer in Laverne.

He was traveling on Highway 64, about two miles west of Buffalo, when his Dodge Charger patrol car left the roadway on a curve and struck several large hay bales. The hay bales covered the patrol car, trapping him inside. He was able to radio dispatchers and inform them he was trapped before the heat from the vehicle ignited the hay bales and caused the vehicle to fill with smoke. Deputy Coen was overcome by smoke inhalation before rescue units arrived at the scene.

Deputy Coen had served in law enforcement for two years. In addition to being a reserve deputy, he also served as a full time police officer with the Laverne Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 614

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Dear Family and Friends,
Today I participated in a bike ride to honor our fallen officers and had the honor of riding for Res Dep Sheriff William C. Coen. During these difficult times in our country, please know that the vast majority of Americans do honor our officers and all that they do to protect us.

Thank you for your service and God Bless.

Mitzi Silber

October 17, 2017

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