Deputy Sheriff John Dennis

Deputy Sheriff John Dennis

Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, November 1, 1913

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John Dennis

Deputy John Dennis was shot and killed as he and two other deputies attempted to arrest a murder suspect. The man produced a gun during the arrest and shot Deputy Dennis in the hip. Deputy Dennis bled to death a short time later.

Three days later the suspect was captured by a posse and brought to Wewoka where he was seized by an angry mob and hanged from a telegraph pole.

Deputy Dennis had served with the Seminole County Sheriff's Department for 6 years and was survived by his wife and seven children. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Seminole County, Oklahoma.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender lynched

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