Sheriff Sam Houston Randolph

Sheriff Sam Houston Randolph

Love County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, May 25, 1934

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Sam Houston Randolph

Sheriff Sam Randolph was shot and killed by a county constable who was upset with him over a recent murder investigation. The constable was upset because he felt he deserved more credit for obtaining the suspect's confession.

The constable approached the sheriff in a local grocery store as the sheriff was campaigning for re-election. In the ensuing argument the constable produced a gun and shot Sheriff Randolph in the chest.

The constable was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.

Sheriff Randolph was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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Sheriff Sam H Randolph was my great uncle. He was married to my grandfather’s sister. My mother would talk of her memories of him when she was a little girl. She said he was always very kind to her and would bring her chewing gum from town when he came to visit. They were all so saddened by his death.

Janie P
( mother of OSP SWAT team member)

August 17, 2018

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