Chief of Detectives Ben L. Bolton

Chief of Detectives Ben L. Bolton

Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, December 5, 1935

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Ben L. Bolton

Chief Bolton died of a gunshot wound he received while attempting to stop a group of inmates from escaping from the jail. As Chief Bolton reached for his weapon, he was shot in the face. He died two days later from his wounds.

Three of the fugitives were captured and three were killed while resisting arrest.

Chief Bolton had served with the Muskogee Police Department for 13 years, and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 3, 1935
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

escape attempt

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