Special Deputy Marshal Richard Speed

Special Deputy Marshal Richard Speed

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, September 1, 1893

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Richard Speed

Deputy Marshal Speed, Deputy Marshal Thomas Hueston and Deputy Marshal Lafayette Shadley were shot and killed during a gunfight with a group of seven outlaws in Ingalls, Oklahoma Territory (modern day Oklahoma). The marshals had gone to the town in search of the outlaws, who were wanted for the murder of Marshal Charles Connelly, of the Coffeyville, Kansas, Police Department, and encountered one of them on horseback. The suspect and a marshal immediately exchanged gunfire and the suspect was wounded.

A second suspect, who was in a nearby hotel, began shooting at officers from the rooftop with a Winchester rifle. During the course of the shootout the suspect shot and killed all three marshals from his vantage point. The suspect was eventually apprehended, served time, and was then released. The man was later shot and killed by police during a separate shootout.

Deputy Marshal Speed is buried in Perkins Cemetery, Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Charles Richard "Dick" Speed (12-11-1867--9-1-1893) was my husband, Stephen D. Hawkins, maternal great grandfather. He was married to Rachel Margaret Mills and they had three little boys at the time of Richard's murder. The boys were 5, 3 and 1. The one year old, William Emory Speed, was my husband, Steve's, maternal grandfather whom is buried in Pampa, Tx. During my husband, Steve's, boyhood, stories among his family members circulated about his ggf Richard Speed. Richard was a constable in Perkins, Oklahoma (which is about 15 miles to Ingalls, Ok where Richard was gunned down by Roy "Arizona Tom Jones" Daugherty, a member of the Doolin-Dalton Gang. He was deputized as a Special Deputy Marshall and along with many law officers, entered Ingalls to bring this notorious gang to justice. According to a first hand account by Dr. J. H. Pickering, whom tended the wounded after the battle, he stated in his diary (from the Oklahoma Chronicles) that he saw 27 law officers arrive and take cover when they arrived via two covered wagons. (The Gang knew they were coming as a young child had forewarned the Gang. The Gang chose not to leave but to continue playing cards in the saloon near the livery and near the 2-story hotel). An undercover officer had infiltrated the Gang and played cards with them to get information for the other officers waiting to come into Ingalls. His name was Red Lucas. Red Lucas and Dock Roberts were 2 undercover Marshalls that had been coming to Ingalls pretending to set up a booth to sell tickets for the Oklahoma land grab). Red Lucas found everyone there in the saloon, except for Roy "Arkansas Tom Jones" Daugherty. Sadly, he did not find this information until the battle. If he had, all 3 officers might have lived. Roy Daugherty was sick with the flu in his second floor room in the hotel. When he heard gunshots (later ascertained to be between Richard Speed and Newcomb (one of the Gang), he had the perfect vantage point to shoot not only Richard, but also, Marshalls Tom Hueston and Lafayette "Lafe" Shadley. Dr. Pickering attested that neither Bill Doolin or Bill Dalton shot these officers. It is now known that Daugherty shot all 3 men. It is a shame, and this is my opinion, that the townsfolk were not able to lynch Daugherty. Instead he was sent to federal prison supposedly for 50 years in 1893, but got out, due to his two preacher brothers, in 1910. He continued to rob banks until he was finally killed in Joplin, Missouri (where he is buried) during another gunfight. The above has been carefully researched by me and all mistakes are mine. My name is Gloria Ann Prince Hawkins, the wife of Stephen Dale Hawkins. P S. Richard is buried in the well-maintained Perkins Cemetery in Perkins, Ok.; Tom Hueston is buried in Stillwater, Ok and Lafe Shadley was sent back to his state of Kansas (I believe) to be buried. All 3 are heroes and I wish they could have lived to raise their children. Richard was 25 years old...Tom was 42 and I have not looked to find Lafe's age at death. But all 3 were and always will be heroes.

Gloria Hawkins
great granddaughter in law of Richard Speed

October 23, 2023

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