Deputy Sheriff Burton Lee Brewer

Deputy Sheriff Burton Lee Brewer

Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, July 25, 1974

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Burton Lee Brewer

Deputy Burton Brewer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had just killed Marshal Thomas Adkins, of the Dewar Police Department, and Auxiliary Officer Walter Hembree, of the Henryetta Police Department. The suspect was then shot and wounded by the chief of the Morris Police Department.

The 20-year-old suspect was convicted of two counts of capital murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later overturned and he was then sentenced to life in prison. He was denied a parole in June of 2016. As of October 22, 2022, he was in prison,

Deputy Brewer retired from the Okmulgee Fire Department after 21 years of service. He then became a private detective in Tulsa for a time before joining the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Department where he had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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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 25, 2020

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