Trooper Houston F. "Pappy" Summers

Trooper Houston F. "Pappy" Summers

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, May 26, 1978

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Houston F. "Pappy" Summers

Trooper Pappy Summers, Trooper Billy Young, and Lieutenant James Grimes were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two escapees who were wanted for seven murders since their escape.

Troopers Summers and Young were shot and killed while on a roving patrol of a county road when they came across the suspects in a recently stolen truck. Both troopers were killed in the ensuing gun battle.

Lieutenant Grimes and his partner were being directed into the area by aircraft when they too were ambushed. Lieutenant Grimes was killed in the ensuing gun battle, and his partner was wounded. Both suspects were eventually shot and killed by other officers at the scene.

Trooper Summers had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 32 years and was due to retire. He was survived by his wife.

He is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 32 years
  • Badge 153

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both shot and killed

convicted felon, escapee

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When this happen I was living in Bethany and was married to my one and only sweetheart . We had a son on the way due in July. With a new life coming into the world it struck me that life's were leaving it. I followed this crime , it was on the local channels and later on a segment on Top Cop. The way these men's lives were loss still to this day leaves a mark on me. God bless these men and protect each and every one who comes across these horrible people.

no relationship

February 14, 2023

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