Officer Jess Sosbee

Officer Jess Sosbee

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, December 2, 1922

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Jess Sosbee

Officer Jess Sosbee and his partner were ambushed in the 400 block of East Grand Street by two men. Officer Sosbee suffered fatal gunshot wounds and died the next day. His partner suffered a gunshot wound but survived.

Two men were arrested and charged with Officer Sosbee's murder. They stated that they ambushed the officers because they wanted to kill a police officer. Both were convicted of manslaughter. One of the subjects was sentenced to five years in prison and the 25-year-old killer was sentenced to eight years in prison.

In 1935 the Jess Sosbee's killer beat his girl friend to death in Oklahoma City. A year later he was apprehended in Pasadena, California. He was returned to Oklahoma, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life. In 1939 he was stabbed to death by a fellow inmate.

Officer Sosbee was survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, December 1, 1922
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 8 years


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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 25, 2011

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