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Chief of Police Grover C. Butler | Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma

Chief of Police

Grover C. Butler

Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, April 18, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1942

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Chief Butler was shot and killed while on foot patrol at approximately 0130 hours. He was walking behind the Tecumseh Post Office when he was ambushed by a man underneath a porch. Although he had been shot two times, Chief Butler was able to return fire and empty his revolver, but none of the shots took effect. Chief Butler was taken to a doctor's office where he died approximately eight hours later. Before he died he was able to identify the suspect.

The suspect and an accomplice were apprehended the next day. Both were convicted of Chief Butler's murder and sentenced to life. The shooter was paroled in December of 1942. On May 20, 1943, he was arrested in Borger, Texas, for burglary of the Borger post office. The other suspect was paroled December 15, 1936.

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