Deputy Sheriff John Middleton

Deputy Sheriff John Middleton

Kay County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, July 22, 1923

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John Middleton

Deputy Middleton and Deputy George Miller were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man in a cafe. As the deputies entered the cafe the suspect saw them and opened fire with a handgun, striking each deputy three times. Deputy Miller succumbed to his wounds at the scene and Deputy Middleton succumbed to his wounds the following day. The suspect immediately surrendered to local officials.

On September 29, 1923, the suspect, who said it was self-defense, was acquitted.

Deputy Middleton, a U.S. Army veteran, had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 21, 1923
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

arrest attempt

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Deputy Sheriff Middleton,
On today, the 92nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kay County. It sickens me that the POS who murdered you was acquitted. Hopefully now he is paying for his crime for all eternity.


United States Border Patrol

July 22, 2015

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