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Sheriff Lewis Palmer Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma


Lewis Palmer "Lew" Wallace

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 2, 1933

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Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 7/31/1933

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Sheriff Lew Wallace was shot and killed by a posseman after being mistaken for an armed subject.

A posse had been formed to search for a man who had stolen a car in Meeker. The posse had pursued the suspect into some heavy underbrush. As members of the posse followed the subject into the underbrush Sheriff Wallace attempted to flank him by going around the area.

As the posse came through the underbrush one of the men saw Sheriff Wallace and, believing he was the subject reaching for a gun, shot him in the chest with a shotgun.

Sheriff Wallace was transported to a hospital where he remained for three days until succumbing to the wound. Before passing away the sheriff pleaded that the posseman not be charged in connection with his death.

Sheriff Wallace had previously served in World War I with the United States Army and is buried in New Hope Cemetery in Meeker, Oklahoma.

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I am Evelyn Joanell Murrin, daughter of Lettie Jean Wallace, the only child of Lewis Wallace. I have never seen this before and am blessed beyond belief. Thank everyone who has participated in this tribute. I never met my grandfather as he died when my mother was seven. I have never heard anything but good about him and I take great pride in having him as a decendant. May God bless and protect you.

Joanell Murrin
March 4, 2015


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