Constable Joseph W. Wood

Constable Joseph W. Wood

Oklahoma County Constable's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, July 14, 1935

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Joseph W. Wood

Constable Joseph Wood was shot and killed as he assisted a deputy constable handle a prisoner at the local fair grounds.

The deputy constable had arrested the man after discovering he was carrying a gun. As he placed the man in his car, a struggle ensued and the suspect was able to gain control of the deputy constable's service revolver.

As Constable Wood came to assist, the suspect discharged the weapon, killing him. The suspect, who was an escapee wanted in Missouri, was taken into custody and charged with murder. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Constable Wood had been appointed to the position only 7 months earlier. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 14, 2020

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