City Marshal J. H. Swinford

City Marshal J. H. Swinford

Kiefer Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, August 16, 1909

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J. H. Swinford

City Marshal J. H. Swinford was shot and killed by two men he surprised looting the State Bank.

The cashier, who lived above the bank, was awakened by a noise shortly after midnight. Upon investigation he saw two men at work on the vault door and hastily summoned Marshal Swinford. With revolvers drawn, the marshal and the cashier entered the bank through the front door. The robbers opened fire killing Marshal Swinford instantly, and critically wounded the cashier. The suspects fled the scene with a posse in pursuit.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Escaped

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Marshal Swinford,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kiefer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 16, 2019

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