Officer John D. "Jack" Gates

Officer John D. "Jack" Gates

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Sunday, March 23, 1930

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John D. "Jack" Gates

Officer Jack Gates was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery of a grocery store at 1412 North Robinson.

The two suspects were captured several days later and sentenced to life in prison. One, age 28 at the time of his arrest, died in prison on October 26, 1949.

Officer Gates had only served with the Oklahoma City Police Department for three weeks.

His brother, Officer Douglas Gates, was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 3rd, 1933, while also serving with the Oklahoma City Police Department.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 22, 1930
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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My grandfather L.R. Puett Sr. Would have served with these two men. He came on the force in 1929. May they Rest In Peace.

Michael Sullivan

December 18, 2022

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