Deputy Sheriff Dewitt Clinton Cooley

Deputy Sheriff Dewitt Clinton Cooley

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, September 15, 1915

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Dewitt Clinton Cooley

Deputy Dewitt Cooley was killed while checking the locks on the cells in the jail. One of the prisoners had managed to pry open his cell door with a crowbar and struck Deputy Cooley from behind. Deputy Cooley lay unconscious for several hours until his wife came to the jail and found him. She was also attacked by the three escaping prisoners.

The suspect was convicted of Deputy Cooley's murder and sentenced to life.

Deputy Cooley had been with the agency for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Pipe
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 15, 2020

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