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 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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Trooper Barter,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Oklahoma. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

January 29, 2019

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