City Marshal John Howard

City Marshal John Howard

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, June 14, 1889

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John Howard

City Marshal John Howard was shot and killed by the man he replaced as city marshal just one day after being sworn in.

The suspect, angry about his dismissal and replacement, began shooting up the 100 block of West Reno Street. When Marshal Howard responded a gun battle ensued and Marshal Howard was shot and killed.

The suspect was wounded. He was tried and acquitted on self-defense, not unusual in a mutual combat situation for that time. However, the shooter was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was reduced to life in prison and the suspect was pardoned after serving eight years in prison.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 day
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted

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On this 131st “anniversary” of your untimely departure, please know that no passage of time can erase your service and the sacrifice you made that day. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 14, 2020

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