Trooper Larry Verne Crabtree

Trooper Larry Verne Crabtree

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, April 4, 1977

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Larry Verne Crabtree

Trooper Larry Crabtree was shot and killed after stopping a car for running a tollgate on the Turner Turnpike about three miles west of Bristow.

While approaching the vehicle, the juvenile driver turned in the seat and shot Trooper Crabtree at point-blank range with a shotgun. Witnesses notified other troopers via CB, and the suspect was apprehended approximately 14 miles away.

The 16-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, but the sentence was later reduced to life in prison. He was denied parole in February 2005.

Trooper Crabtree had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 294

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Denied parole in 2005

juvenile offender, traffic stop

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While I have never met him, the stories of my great grandfather I remember in great detail. I always enjoy reading the stories about him, and knowing how honorable he will be remembered.

Emily Crabtree
Great Granddaughter

January 10, 2022

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