Deputy Irvin Ellis Powell

Deputy Irvin Ellis Powell

Haskell County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, March 19, 1995

Irvin Ellis Powell

Deputy Irvin Powell died from injuries he received two days earlier when he was shot by one of three escaping inmates. The inmates had gained access to a .22 caliber pistol and shot him as they tried to escape from the Haskell County Sheriff's Department.

One of the suspects who attempted to escape was Deputy Powell's cousin. Deputy Powell was flown to Oklahoma Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City where he succumbed to his wounds. All of the suspects were apprehended.

Deputy Powell had served with the Haskell County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife, son and six daughters.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, March 17, 1995
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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It's been 21 years, I've thought of you and your family every day of these 21 years...It's easy to say sorry for what happened that night...the most painful, most haunting feelings are reserved for the things I didn't do that night...I didn't know...and I should have. You were the hero, the friend, the believer that everyone deserved to be trusted, given second chances..I failed you, I'm sorry. I hope you know that, I hope you see I'm trying to do good in my life now...but if I could trade places with you, I would. One of them is gone now, maybe you can ask him "why?"'s something it's still don't's haunts me throughout the day...everyday. You will never be forgotten, nor will your family. I'm sorry...


September 25, 2016

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