Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 1/19/1914
Weapon: Handgun; Revolver
Suspect: Shot and killed
Officer Herman Drover, Deputy Warden D. C. Oates, and Sergeant Fred Godfrey were shot and killed at the Oklahoma State Prison by three prisoners who were attempting to escape. An ex-Oklahoma congressman visiting the prison was also killed and three others were shot and wounded.
No one seemed to know exactly how but each of the three prisoners had obtained a revolver. As they ran towards the front gate they shot everyone they saw and begged other inmates to join them. Miraculously no other inmates did. As they reached the front gate and fled outside guards opened fire on the escapees killing all three.
Officer Drover is buried in the Masonic section of Oak Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in McAlester, Oklahoma.