Police Officer Ruben Roy Farmer

Police Officer Ruben Roy Farmer

Idabel Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, January 20, 1980

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Ruben Roy Farmer

Officer Ruben Farmer was shot and killed when he and several other officers responding to a riot in downtown Idabel. The crowd was rioting after a young boy was beaten to death. Several officers were injured and Officer Farmer was shot in the chest.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted.

Officer Farmer had been with the agency for seven years and had previously served with the United States Army. He was survived by his wife and child.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Well Rub it coming up on that day again. I still miss you partner. And I am still grateful to you for your guidance when I was a young dumb rookie. I still remember the times you had my back. Wish I could have been with you that night. Won't ever forget.

Major Joe Whala (retired)
Idabel Police Department

February 4, 2014

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