Police Officer James Richard Hill

Police Officer James Richard Hill

Marlow Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, April 20, 1931

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James Richard Hill

Officer Hill was shot and killed while he and the chief investigated three suspicious men in a vehicle. When the two officers pulled up next to them to question them the men immediately opened fire, wounding the chief and fatally wounding Officer Hill.

Two of the suspects were apprehended and sent to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. The third suspect continued a life of crime and ended up in the Folsom State Prison in California. On September 19, 1937, the suspect, along with six other inmates attempted to escape from the prison. In doing so, the inmates murdered Officer Harry Martin and Warden Clarence Larkin, both of the California Department of Corrections. The suspect was sentenced to death for those two murders and executed in the gas chamber on December 2, 1938.

Officer Hill had been with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1938

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Officer Hill,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Marlow.


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April 20, 2021

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