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 John 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 United States Marine Corps 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

disturbance, parolee

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Your service to our community is still being honored 63 years later! I hope your family knows we haven't forgotten your name, Trooper John Barter! My prayers for your family and for all those serving our communities!

Wife of a police officer

January 23, 2023

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