Police Officer Cal Palmer

Police Officer Cal Palmer

Enid Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, July 8, 1936

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Cal Palmer

Officer Cal Palmer was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a bar on a suspicious person call. The bar owner had been tipped that his bar was going to be robbed and had been keeping watch on non-regular patrons. When the officers arrived they asked a suspicious man to come with them. He requested that he be able to finish his beer first and the officers let him.

As he finished his beer he slammed it on the table and at the same time lifted a gun next to him in the booth and started firing, instantly killing Officer Palmer and wounding the other officer. The suspect fled but was chased by other officers and killed in a shootout.

Unbeknownst to Officer Palmer at the time, the suspect was an escapee from a mental hospital in Minnesota. A member of the Karpis-Barker gang, he had been responsible for the murder of three other law enforcement officers: Marshal John Rose, of the Kirksville, Missouri, Police Department on November 17, 1930, and Officer Ira Evans and Officer Leo Gorski, of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, Police Department on December 16, 1932.

Officer Palmer had served with the agency for two years was also Major County Deputy Sherriff. He was survived by his wife and two sons and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Enid, Oklahoma.

Led by John Dillinger, the Dillinger Gang was a notorious group of Midwest bank robbers. Associates of the gang were responsible for the fatal shootings of 13 law enforcement officers in 1933 and 1934.

Two infamous members of the gang, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, were shot and killed by law enforcement officers in separate incidents.

The other gang members were either murdered by criminals, shot and killed by law enforcement officers, executed for their crimes, or sentenced to time in prison.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

suspicious person

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Rest in peace Officer Palmer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 21, 2022

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