Sergeant Joe Allen Gamble

Sergeant Joe Allen Gamble

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, June 6, 2000

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Joe Allen Gamble

Sergeant Joe Gamble was killed after being stabbed by an inmate at the Oklahoma State Reformatory, low maximum-security prison.

As officers began locking down the prison for a head count, the suspect began to attack another officer in a common area of the prison, stabbing him 16 times in the back of the head and back. When Sergeant Gamble went to assist the other officer, the inmate stabbed him in the throat with one of two homemade knives he had. The suspect was taken under control after a brief standoff with the prison's emergency response team.

Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Sergeant Gamble died the next morning.

He had been with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for three years.

The suspect, who was serving a 10 year sentence for drug possession and tax fraud, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on October 26, 2001.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Monday, June 5, 2000
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I left OSR in 1996 and based on the dates, he was hired soon after I left, but if my mind serves me correctly, we started at OSR about the same time (late 1995). I remember working with someone named Gamble in the housing units, and his picture looks very familiar to me. All I can say is that OSR was an unsafe place to work at that time with very little resources for staff. I'm so sad to hear of officers killed in the line of duty, specially in prisons where all you have is keys and a radio as deterrent. With 25 years of service in law enforcement with 10 of those being at OSP, ORS and the federal prison system, it is always heart breaking to hear the bad news. RIP Brother!

Anonymous Federal Air Marshal

March 24, 2019

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