Deputy Sheriff James Sam Shelley

Deputy Sheriff James Sam Shelley

Osage County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, May 11, 1921

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James Sam Shelley

Deputy James Shelley was killed trying to apprehend two car thieves. He was notified that a car had been stolen and the thieves were heading his way and parked his car on the only road available to them for escape. He was out of his car when they drove up and ordered them to stop. One of the men shot Sam right through the heart; it is believed he died immediately. A reward was offered by outraged citizens but the killers were not caught until eight years later.

Deputy Shelley was survived by his wife and two children, and his parents. He is buried at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff Shelley,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Osage County.


United States Border Patrol

May 11, 2021

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