Deputy Sheriff William Thomas Beasley

Deputy Sheriff William Thomas Beasley

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, September 11, 1919

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William Thomas Beasley

Deputy Sheriff William Beasley was shot and killed while he and other deputies were setting up a sting on a bank in the Red Fork area of Tulsa.

The Tulsa County sheriff had received a tip that the bank would be robbed, so he and four deputies set up an ambush. Deputy Beasley was inside 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, they 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.

Deputy Beasley had served with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office for nine months and previously served with the Tulsa Police Department, Bartlesville Police Department (Oklahoma), and as law enforcement officer in California. He was survived by his five children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 13 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

crossfire, robbery, stakeout

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My Great grandfather arrived in Oklahoma in 1883 at the age of 14 years old. He got married and raised several children including my grandfather Guy Keel Beasley. He pursuit of life and law enforcement I was running for sheriff in Tulsa county . He was very much in favor of Black Wall Street in Tulsa Oklahoma to which there are believes among his sons that he was most likely the reason for him being killed and my belief is this also . He was also a friend of Bass Reeves aka (The Lone Ranger) the one and only! Just some points of interest !

I'm the great grandson Guy Nicholas Beasley II

May 3, 2024

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