Officer Willie E. Turner

Officer Willie E. Turner

Wynnewood Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, January 4, 1971

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Willie E. Turner

Officer Willie Turner was shot and killed while checking a cafe/pool hall.

Officer Turner stopped to check a combination cafe/pool hall in north Wynnewood. Officer Turner was off-duty, but his chief stated it was part of Officer Turner’s assignment to stop and check this area after completing his regular shift. Officer Turner became involved in a heated argument with a man. Witnesses, after hearing a shot, found the officer dead on the floor, shot once in the head with a small caliber gun. The man was arrested at the scene. He was convicted and sentenced to death, but the sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment on appeal. He was released from prison August 28, 1983.

Officer Turner, a Vietnam veteran, had only been on the police force for three months. He was survived by his pregnant wife and five children.

Officer Turner is survived by his expectant wife and five children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released in 1983

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I know I didn't get to hold you but i love you and really wish you was here. Love you forever Dad.

willie moore turner 3rd
only son

September 5, 2013

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