Undersheriff Grover Fulkerson

Undersheriff Grover Fulkerson

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, August 24, 1917

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Grover Fulkerson

Undersheriff Grover Fulkerson was shot and killed while attempting to stop a vehicle that was running bootleg liquor.

The suspect was apprehended and charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to four years. He was released under a $20,000 bond pending his appeal. A few days later, he shot and killed Deputy James Coffee of the Wilbarger County Sheriff's Department, Texas, when he stopped him for running liquor out of his county and across the Oklahoma border. He was convicted of Deputy Coffee's murder and sentenced to 99 years. His sentence was later reduced to 12 years, and he was released in 1925. Texas authorities failed to tell Oklahoma authorities he had been released. He was arrested several days later in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and sent to Mcallister Penitentiary to serve his four years.

Undersheriff Fulkerson was survived by his wife and three children. He was predeceased by a fourth son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

alcohol violation

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I am a great grandson of Grover Fulkerson.
I’ve put in hours upon hours researching and some things that happened preceding your untimely death that I think you would like to be notated. Not long before you joined there was a murder that occurred from the community that the family lived in. Then made a bust of 300 bottles of liquor with another deputy sheriff. Not long after that you found who you were looking for when you jumped on the bootlegging roadster and got shot. Newspaper stated that Mr. Holden and Mr. Jay were not affiliated with the former bust. I think otherwise. The judge trying the two got in trouble for the very light bond of $500 that was set. Also at the time liquor/wine etc was being confiscated from places including churches. But somehow the confiscated liquor would come up “missing/stolen”. They were given a mere 4 yrs in prison in exchange for your sacrifice that still affects our family today. Your daughter Geneva never knew you and affected her greatly and so on down the line. The two men went on to kill yet another deputy in Wilbarger County Tx. and received 99 yrs. You are remembered to this day and thank you for doing what you were called to do.

Steven Howard
Grandson of
Geneva (Smalley /Fulkerson) Howard
Jan. 1st 2022

Steven Howard
Great Grandson

January 1, 2023

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