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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Virgil Green, you may not remember me by name but I was the person that communicated with you about W.R. Shaver, my wife's great grandfather and provided you with what I had researched. I believe Prof, Art Burton an expert historian on Black Lawmen who had written
about W.R. Shaver you communicated with also.

My contact and giving what Art Burton had wrote on W.R., I never thought that contact with you was going to be so significant in the Shaver family. You could have took in what I shared and that was the end. But it was not.

You worked to get Highway 62 name changed I was aware of but did not know all the effort you took for the change to happen. It did not end their

My reasearch, you taking me serious, talking to Prof. Burton, and you working on getting the highway renamed means a lot. W.R. was not even on the Fallen Officers Memorial wall in DC. He is now on that wall. He was added during the same ceremony year his great great grandson was also killed in the line of duty was added.

Your name and your efforts are forever connected with the family and will be passed downed for all the generation to come.

Much love and respect for you.

Tony Jones
husband of WR great granddauther

February 20, 2023

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