Chief of Police Charles Stricker

Chief of Police Charles Stricker

Commerce Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, October 22, 1919

Charles Stricker

Chief Stricker was shot and killed while attempting to stop a car that resembled a stolen vehicle. When the chief stepped off of the curb to flag the car down, the driver sped up and drove towards the chief. Chief Stricker began firing at the tires of the vehicle. The driver of the car then fired out of his window, fatally wounding the chief.

The driver and his wife were apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 15 years. On May 27, 1922, the Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals reversed their convictions. The man was retried in February of 1923 but the trial resulted in a deadlocked jury.

Chief Stricker was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater. Pittsburg Police Dept., eow 4/24

October 22, 2011

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