Deputy Sheriff James Clayton "Clay" Collier

Deputy Sheriff James Clayton "Clay" Collier

Muskogee County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, February 4, 1931

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James Clayton "Clay" Collier

Deputy Sheriff Clay Collier succumbed to a gunshot wound while attempting to arrest a subject who had broken into a blacksmith shop at 6:30 pm in Oktaha.

Deputy Collier caught a man crouching in the shop. While searching the man, Deputy Collier told him to leave the area. The subject had previously been caught robbing a home in the area and was told that if he left, he would not be arrested. Instead, the man spun around, shot Deputy Collier in the neck, and fled.

Deputy Collier was transported to the city hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds the next day.

The subject was arrested a few weeks later and confessed to the shooting. Deputy Collier's wife, based on the wishes of her husband, pleaded with the court to give him life in prison rather than the death penalty.

Deputy Collier was survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 3, 1931
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Life in prison

arrest attempt

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I was shocked when I discovered a hero with the same name as me also served as a Deputy Sheriff just as I once did. I'm proud to bear this name . Thank you for paving the way for future lawmen like myself. May God bless your humbleness, mercy, and sacrifice for many generations of your family.

Former Deputy Sheriff Clayton Collier
Christian County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

March 20, 2024

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