Deputy Sheriff William Thomas Beasley

Deputy Sheriff William Thomas Beasley

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, September 11, 1919

William Thomas Beasley

Deputy Beasley was shot and killed while he and other deputies were setting up sting on a bank. The Tulsa County sheriff had received a tip that the bank would be robbed so he and four deputies setup an ambush. Deputy Beasley was inside of a barn across the street from the bank. When the suspects exited the bank after robbing it they were ordered to put their hands up. Instead, the suspects began to shoot. Officers and citizens returned fire, fatally wounding two of three suspects.
When the deputies returned to the scene the realized that Deputy Beasley was missing. The sheriff returned to the scene and found Deputy Beasley in the barn, having died from a bullet wound. It is thought that he was struck by a stray bullet fired by a citizen during the shootout.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Two shot and killed

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What a great memory for the Beasleys as Great Grandfather is honored this way!! I never knew you, but always loved you!

Robbin Beasley
Great Grand daughter

December 21, 2016

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