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Patrolman Larry Joe Dean | Clinton Police Department, Oklahoma Clinton Police Department, Oklahoma

Patrolman

Larry Joe Dean

Clinton Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 12, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 month, 1 week

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Dean was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit of a juvenile. The suspect stopped the vehicle at his home and ran inside with Patrolman Dean and another officer pursuing him. The family of the suspect forced the second officer outside, leaving Patrolman Dean inside with the suspect. Several shots were fired inside the house and the suspect and Patrolman Dean were both found shot to death. Several members of the suspect's family were charged with beating and murdering Patrolman Dean. One eventually plead guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Patrolman Dean had been with the agency for just 43 days, having previously been on the Elk City Police force.

Patrolman Dean was survived by his expectant wife who had a son she named Larry five months later.

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I will forever be connected to Officer Joe Dean because of a incident that I was involved in while working as a Police Officer for the El Reno Police Department in 1975.
I am retired from the Edmond Police Department now, but I remember the night in El Reno like it was yesterday. I can reflect about the memory of Officer Joe Dean and that sometimes there is justice for a slain police officer, although, I didn't know it on that fateful night in 1975.

Lt. R. D. Jones
Edmond Police Department
June 14, 2012

 

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