Chief of Police Richard Edgar Oliver

Chief of Police Richard Edgar Oliver

Canute Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, July 4, 1983

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Richard Edgar Oliver

Chief of Police Richard Oliver was killed during a vehicle pursuit.

He and a reserve officer applicant were patrolling the streets of Canute. Witnessing a motorist run a stop sign, they started a pursuit. About three miles south of Canute, the suspect turned his truck around and headed northbound back toward the officers. Just as the vehicles met at the top of a hill, the suspect's truck was left of center and hit the chief’s patrol car head on. Chief Oliver and the reserve officer applicant were both killed instantly.

The suspect was transported to the McBride Bone and Joint Hospital in Oklahoma City with two fractures to the right leg and facial lacerations. The man was convicted of two counts of first degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Chief Oliver was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and had just been appointed as chief the previous month. He was a widower and survived by his 9-year-old daughter, parents, and two siblings.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

vehicle pursuit

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Chief Oliver,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

July 4, 2023

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