Deputy Sheriff William H. Singletary

Deputy Sheriff William H. Singletary

Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 1899

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William H. Singletary

Deputy William Singletary was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man with a rifle for being drunk at a public gathering. The suspect gave Deputy Singletary the rifle and then produced a pistol and shot him in the head. The 33-year-old suspect was arrested, charged with murder, and posted bond four months later. It is not known if he was tried. He died on November 23, 1900.

Deputy Singletary was survived by his wife and five children. He is buried at the family cemetery west of Sentinal, Oklahoma.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Not available

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William H. Singletary was my great grandfather. His only living daughter, Ina Isola Singletary Cates was my precious grandmother. He must have been a very loving father and husband. It took courage to be a lawman in such a wild and untamed territory. I am proud to be his great grand-daughter and am looking forward to the day I meet him.

Elena Cates
Security Training Instructor

December 31, 2015

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