Chief of Police Bruce Felder Rainey

Chief of Police Bruce Felder Rainey

Weatherford Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, June 23, 1941

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Bruce Felder Rainey

Chief of Police Bruce Rainey was shot and thrown into a crevice where he died from his wounds.

Chief Rainey was supervising the painting of lines on the streets of Weatherford on June 23rd, 1941. At 9:30 p.m. his car was found abandoned about a mile west of the city on Route 66. The keys were missing, however, a shotgun and police whistle were found inside. Chief Rainey was nowhere to be found.

A massive search effort began. About noon on July 3rd, 1941, Chief Rainey’s body was found in a rock crevice three miles southwest of Weatherford. An autopsy report indicated blunt force trauma on the left side of his head causing a fractured skull, and three bullet wounds to the head which apparently occurred after he had been thrown in the rock crevice. His billfold was still on his body, but missing were his keys, gun, and watch.

The shooter was caught during a routine police arrest on June 29th, 1941. A Chickasha man was charged with burglary and illegal possession of a pistol. A fingerprint expert happened to see the pistol and remarked it was the same make and model as the one that killed Chief Rainey. Tests proved the pistol was in fact the same weapon used to murder Chief Rainey. He was convicted of murder on October 1st, 1941, and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in the spring of 1973.

Chief Rainey was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, brother, and sister.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1971

abducted, robbery

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Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

June 23, 2020

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