Deputy Warden D. C. Oates

Deputy Warden D. C. Oates

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, January 19, 1914

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D. C. Oates

Deputy Warden D.C. Oates, Sergeant Fred Godfrey, and Correctional Officer Herman H. Drover were shot and killed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary by three prisoners who were attempting to escape. A former Oklahoma congressman visiting the prison was also killed and three others were shot and wounded.

No one seemed to know exactly how, but each of the three prisoners had obtained a revolver. As they ran towards the front gate they shot everyone they saw and begged other inmates to join them, but no other inmates did. As they reached the front gate and fled outside guards opened fire on the escapees, killing all three.

Deputy Warden Oates had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

escape attempt

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Deputy Warden Oates,
On today, the 104th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your two Officers who were also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of the state of Oklahoma. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

January 19, 2018

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