Warden Jess Dunn

Warden Jess Dunn

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, August 10, 1941

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Jess Dunn

Warden Jess Dunn was shot and killed when four men attempted to escape from the Oklahoma State Prison. The four suspects took Warden Dunn hostage, stole a prison employee's car, and attempted to escape but were intercepted by two Pittsburg County deputies and an ex-prison guard at a road block a short distance from the prison. A gun battle ensued and Warden Dunn, Deputy Sheriff William Ford, and three of the suspects were shot and killed.

The fourth suspect was serving a life sentence for the murder of Night Watchman Elijah C. Smith of the Byars Police Department on June 27, 1937. He was convicted of Warden Dunn's murder and executed in the electric chair on July 14, 1943.

One of the suspects who was killed was serving a life sentence for murdering Prison Guard Charles D. Powell at the same prison during a mass escape attempt on May 13, 1936.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Three shot and killed; One executed

escape attempt

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 72nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 4, 2013

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