Police Officer Claude Silas Lynch

Police Officer Claude Silas Lynch

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, November 28, 1948

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Claude Silas Lynch

Police Officer Claude Lynch was shot and killed as he and his partner were arresting a suspect for firing a gun in public.

While driving to the police station, the subject grabbed Police Officer Lynch's partner's gun. As his partner and the subject struggled, Officer Lynch exited the vehicle at Easton Street and Greenwood Avenue and attempted to disarm the subject. The subject fired three shots, striking Officer Lynch in the neck.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison.

Officer Lynch was a United States Army WWI veteran and had served with the Tulsa Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

The Easton Street and Greenwood Avenue intersection does not exist today. The location is the Mabel B. Little Heritage House, a replica home and beauty shop which had been located on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Easton Street.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 4 years

arrest attempt, weapons violation

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Officer Lynch,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 28, 2023

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