Sheriff Hugh Owen

Sheriff Hugh Owen

Nowata County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, October 12, 1938

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Hugh Owen

Sheriff Hugh Owen was shot and killed in Coffeyville, Oklahoma, by one of two men when he entered their home to question them about a series of holdups. Both suspects were captured five days later by state troopers near Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Both suspects were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on January 26, 1939. One was paroled in 1959. The other suspect was paroled in January of 1963 but was returned to prison four months later for violating his parole.

Sheriff Owen was survived by his wife, who completed his term as sheriff, one son, and two daughters.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, shots fired

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My brother, Douglas "Hugh" Price was born November 30, 1938, a little over one month after the your death, Hugh Owen. He was named to honor your memory, and your dedicated service to the rule of law. He was born in rural Nowata county, near Alluwee, Oklahoma. (Whitehill, Oklahoma now covered by Oolagah Lake - on the Verdigris river, part of the Arkansas river navigation project).

Private citizen, Donald G. Price

March 19, 2022

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