Second Lieutenant James Pat Grimes

Second Lieutenant James Pat Grimes

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, May 26, 1978

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James Pat Grimes

Lieutenant Pat Grimes, Trooper Houston Summers, and Trooper Billy Young were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two escapees who were wanted for seven murders since their escape.

Trooper Summers and Trooper Young were shot and killed while on a roving patrol of a county road when they came across the suspects in a recently stolen truck. Both troopers were killed in the ensuing gun battle.

Lieutenant Grimes and his partner were being directed into the area by aircraft when they too were ambushed. Lieutenant Grimes was killed in the ensuing gun battle, and his partner was wounded. Both suspects were eventually shot and killed by other officers at the scene.

Lieutenant Grimes had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

He is buried in Memorial Park Cemetary, Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 88

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both shot and killed

convicted felon, escapee

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You and your fellow Troopers heroism and courage will never be forgotten by your law enforcement family. God Speed.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 26, 2024

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