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City Marshal James Coats | Pryor Police Department, Oklahoma Pryor Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal

James Coats

Pryor Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 16, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Marshal Coats was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had failed to return to court to pay a fine on public drunkenness. Marshal Coates and a friend went to a hotel room where the suspect was staying and ordered him to come out. The suspect, however, was in a room across the hall and fired four shots through the door, striking Marshal Coats three times.

Marshal Coats' friend picked up the marshal's gun and then took the suspect into custody. The suspect later died in prison.

Marshal Coats was survived by his wife and eight children.

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This was my great grandfather whom I never knew. I heard stories about him. He was a great man.

sharon coats
great grandaughter
June 20, 2016

 

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