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Second Lieutenant James Pat Grimes | Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Second Lieutenant

James Pat Grimes

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 88

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Both shot and killed

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Lieutenant Grimes, Trooper Houston Summers, and Trooper Billy Young were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two escapees who were wanted for several 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.
Lieutenant Grimes had been with the agency for 12 years.

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Trooper Houston F. "Pappy" Summers
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End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause: Gunfire

Trooper Billy G. Young
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End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause: Gunfire

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
May 26, 2015

 

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