Sheriff David Walter Oaks

Sheriff David Walter Oaks

Burke County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 21, 1966

David Walter Oaks

Sheriff David Oaks was shot and killed while assisting his deputies at a barricade situation of a man who had shot two deputies.

After the officers fired tear gas into the house, the man came out with his hand raised claiming to surrender. He then lowered his rifle and opened fire, striking Sheriff Oaks three times. The suspect fled the scene but was later apprehended without incident. He was sent to prison, was paroled, and died in 1989.

Sheriff Oaks is survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Released from prison

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My Daddy J.C. Moore worked as a Deputy with Sheriff Oaks! I was of course much younger at the Time! Remember he used the Family Car as his Deputy Car! We would go to the Fish Camp with other Deputy Families! All the Deputies and Sheriff Oaks Family Close! Sheriff Oaks was a Great Man! Will never forget the Terrible News when he was shot!

Peggy Moore Knoelke
Daughter of a Deputy

September 3, 2018

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