Assistant Chief of Police Silas W. Cope

Assistant Chief of Police Silas W. Cope

Wewoka Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, January 29, 1928

Silas W. Cope

Assistant Chief of Police Silas Cope was shot and killed in Saint Louis, Oklahoma, while he and a Seminole County deputy were returning to Wewoka after taking a mental patient to the state hospital in Norman.

The two officers had stopped at a restaurant in Saint Louis to eat dinner. As they left the restaurant after eating they were ambushed by a bootlegger. Assistant Chief Cope was mortally wounded and died at a local hospital 90 minutes later. The deputy returned fire but did not strike the suspect.

The man was arrested and sentenced to 30 years in prison.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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I am vincent virgen cruz iv silas w . Cope is my great great grandpa sy cope is my grandpa I live in arizona. I'm very thankful to here how wonderful and brave my great great grandpa was .

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