Patrolman Joseph Barlow

Patrolman Joseph Barlow

McAlester Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, March 20, 2023

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Joseph Barlow

Patrolman Joseph Barlow succumbed to injuries received on March 17th, 2023, when he was struck head-on while escorting a funeral procession for a member of his department who had passed away.

The procession was traveling on Highway 75, near 151st Street S in Glenpool, when the pickup truck crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries three days later.

The driver of the truck was arrested and charged with causing an accident without carrying a driver’s license, reckless driving, and causing great bodily injury. First-degree manslaughter was charged after Patrolman Barlow passed away.

Patrolman Barlow was United States Army veteran and served with the McAlester Police Department for over one year. He is survived by his wife, toddler son, and mother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 7 months
  • Badge 114
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Arrested

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My sincere condolences go to your family. I cannot imagine the amount of hard work you put into not only your career as a peace officer but also as a loving father and husband. You are an inspiration to me. Your story and the way you acted as a person, someone with an infectious and positive personality, motivates me to be grateful for every moment and every breath that I take so I can improve as a person. Thank you for your service in the Army and as a patrolman. It is evident that you made a profound impact on many communities.

Cadet Sgt. Johnathan Perez
Escondido Police Department

June 6, 2023

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