City Marshal W. R. Shaver

City Marshal W. R. Shaver

Boley Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, August 14, 1905

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W. R. Shaver

City Marshal W.R. Shaver was shot and killed while questioning a subject about a man he held a warrant for.

While speaking with the subject, the subject's brother approached and shot the marshal in the back with a rifle. Marshal Shaver fell from his horse but was able to return fire, killing the suspect. Marshal Shaver died 30 minutes later.

Marshal Shaver had served with the Boley Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

Marshal Shaver's great-great-grandson, Police Officer Stephan Gray, was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 15th, 2004, while serving with the Merced Police Department, California.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

warrant service

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My name is Virgil Green, I'm the former police chief of Boley, Oklahoma (2000-2011) who in 2005 wanted to honor W.R. "Dick" Shaver and his extended family. I went to then Oklahoma State Representative Ryan Kesiel, to see how the State of Oklahoma could honor Marshal shaver. I presented the idea of naming a portion of State highway 62 that runs through Boley. Naming it the W.R. "Dick" Shaver Memorial highway. The Oklahoma House of Representative and the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill allowing the naming of W.R. "Dick" Shaver Memorial Highway. After 100 years this made history because W.R. " Dick" Shaver became the first African American Lawman to receive this honor in the State of Oklahoma. Every time you travel State Highway 62 in Boley, Oklahoma you will forever see the name W.R. "Dick" Shaver. I'm extremely honored to have been a part of this historical moment in Back history in Oklahoma and for the Shaver family.

Virgil Green- Chief of Police
Former Police Chief Boley Police Department

February 8, 2022

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