Trooper John Richard Barter

Trooper John Richard Barter

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, January 29, 1959

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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 was a Marine veteran and had been with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for six years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 122
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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