Sergeant Don L. Byerley

Sergeant Don L. Byerley

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, December 15, 1980

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Don L. Byerley

Sergeant Don Byerley succumbed to injuries sustained two months earlier when his police car was rear-ended by a drunk driver on I-244 while he and his partner conducted a traffic stop.

The 34-year-old subject was convicted of first degree manslaughter and sentenced to six years.

Sergeant Byerley had served with the Tulsa Police Department for 11 years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 12, 1980
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 6 years

traffic stop

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Sgt. Byerley,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tulsa. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 15, 2020

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