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Detective Elmer Moorehead | Ardmore Police Department, Oklahoma Ardmore Police Department, Oklahoma

Detective

Elmer Moorehead

Ardmore Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Friday, January 23, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Elmer "Buddie" Moorehead was shot and killed by a suspect near the viaduct on highway 70 east of Ardmore.

Detective Moorehead had gone to the area to provide aid to a group of squatters looking to leave the area. Once there he came upon a suspicious vehicle with two suspects inside. As he questioned the men inside the Buick sedan, one of the suspects was able to disarm Detective Moorehead and ordered him into the car at gunpoint. The suspect drove off, leaving his companion behind.

Shortly, thereafter Detective Moorehead was shot by the suspect holding a gun on him in the car. Detective Moorehead's body was discovered thrown from the car, which his attacker then drove away in.

The suspect, who it was believed had been involved in a series of robberies when Detective Moorehead came upon him, fled the scene but was later shot and killed in Texas when he resisted arrest.

Detective Moorhead had served with the agency for 18 months, and was survived by his wife, his infant son, his mother, and seven siblings.

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After 84 years, you are once again remembered and honored. Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.

Lt. Milton E. Proctor
Deer Park Police Dept, Oh (Ret)
January 22, 2015

 

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