Trooper John Richard Barter

Trooper John Richard Barter

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, January 29, 1959

John Richard Barter

Trooper Barter was shot and killed after stopping a parolee at a disturbance call near Altus, Oklahoma. He asked the suspect about the gun the man had and was told it was for target practice. When Trooper Barter ordered the man to surrender the weapon he was shot in the chest. The suspect was later arrested and subsequently executed in 1960.

Trooper Barter had been with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for six years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 122

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1960

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Today at McDonalds in Owasso, OK, I had the pleasure of meeting your "little brother", who is now in his 80's. Seeing that I was in uniform, he struck up a conversation and proudly showed me an old black and white picture of you in your OHP uniform, which he has carried in his wallet all these years. We talked for a long time about how proud he is of your sacrifice and of the support his family received from the law enforcement community after your death. After 56 years, you are not forgotten and you are still impacting the lives of others.

Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff
Owasso Police Department

June 11, 2015

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