Deputy Sheriff John Howard Fowler

Deputy Sheriff John Howard Fowler

Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, November 19, 1931

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John Howard Fowler

Deputy Fowler was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man on a larceny warrant. The man initially fled in his vehicle with Deputy Fowler in pursuit. However, the man's car ran out of gas and was forced to stop. As Deputy Fowler approached the car he was shot three times. He was taken to a hospital where he died the following night.

The 22-year-old suspect was arrested two weeks later near Broken Arrow and charged with murder. On January 2, 1932, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison on October 26, 1933.

Deputy Fowler had served with the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office for nine months and was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, November 18, 1931
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

arrest attempt, warrant

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Deputy Sheriff Fowler,
On today, the 87th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pontotoc County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 19, 2018

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