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Deputy Sheriff Cleo Meeks | Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff

Cleo Meeks

Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, October 21, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Meeks was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant.

At about 8 P.M. he was assisting a Kiowa County deputy sheriff in serving an arrest warrant on a 19 year old man for narcotics. As the deputies approached the house the young man's father opened fire on the deputies, wounding both. Deputy Meeks was shot in the head and chest. The target of the arrest warrant dragged the wounded deputy to safety and called police and medical assistance, but he died before help could arrive. The Kiowa County deputy survived his wounds. The suspect was arrested for the deputy's murder.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on December 11, 1967.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
December 27, 2013


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