Deputy Sheriff Emery Jasper Whitten

Deputy Sheriff Emery Jasper Whitten

McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, August 8, 1934

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Emery Jasper Whitten

Deputy Whitten and Constable William Wilmoth 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.

Deputy Whitten had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1958

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