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.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted

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City Marshal Howard,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oklahoma City.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 14, 2019

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