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

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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 the great great granddaughter of Silas Cope. Great granddaughter of Tuck Cope, granddaughter of Sy Cope and daughter of John Cope. I would love to meet anyone out there who has relation to Silas or myself, as well as anyone who would love to share our family history.

Autumn Hull (Autumn Cope)
Great great granddaughter

January 10, 2019

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