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 Oliver was killed during a vehicle pursuit.

Chief Oliver 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 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 had just been appointed as chief the previous month. He was survived by his 9-year-old daughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace always

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 4, 2020

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