Constable William Daniel B. Wilmoth

Constable William Daniel B. Wilmoth

McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, August 8, 1934

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William Daniel B. Wilmoth

Constable William Wilmoth and Deputy Whitten were shot and killed while attempting to recover a runaway juvenile. The boy had gone to the home of a man who had previously made trouble with the Sheriff's Department. The man told the deputies to leave or he would shoot them. When they asked a second time for the return of the runaway, the man opened fire. Both deputies were fatally wounded. The suspect was convicted of the murders and sentenced to 99 years for each murder.

On May 13, 1936, the suspect participated in an attempted prison escape. In that incident, Prison Guard Charles Powell, of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, was shot and killed. The suspect was paroled October 14, 1958.

Constable Wilmoth had been with the agency for 25 years and was survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 55
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1958

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Rest in peace Constable Wilmoth. Might you have been related to St.Louis Officer Melvin Wilmoth, killed decades ago?

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 23, 2019

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