Officer Claude E. Ryan

Officer Claude E. Ryan

Okemah Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 1927

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Claude E. Ryan

Officer Claude Ryan was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress at a local warehouse at approximately 9:30 pm.

A local auto dealer manager saw Officer Ryan pass by and then heard a gunshot in an alley a few minutes later. Officer Ryan's body was found in the alley with a gunshot wound to the chest. The warehouse next to where Officer Ryan was found had been burglarized.

Four suspects were eventually apprehended. Three were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. The fourth suspect was acquitted.

Officer Ryan had served with the Okemah Police Department for four years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thanks for your four years of services, Claude.


February 26, 2012

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