Sheriff Joseph Lanier

Sheriff Joseph Lanier

Choctaw Nation Public Safety Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Thursday, September 22, 1881

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Joseph Lanier

Sheriff Joseph Lanier was fatally shot by a man seeking revenge against him.

Sheriff Lanier had been enforcing permit laws on Choctaw Nation land and had enforcement an order issued by the governor ordering the subject to leave the land. On September 22nd, 1881, Sheriff Lanier was in a store in Skullyville with his wife when he encountered the subject. The man confronted him and followed him into a backroom. As Sheriff Lanier walked back into the main part of the store the man fatally shot him.

The man fled the scene.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

off duty, retaliation

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Sheriff Lanier,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the Chocktaw Nation.


United States Border Patrol

September 22, 2021

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