Sergeant Steven Leroy Mahan

Sergeant Steven Leroy Mahan

Elk City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, January 5, 1983

Steven Leroy Mahan

Sergeant Mahan was shot and killed after surprising a burglary-in-progress. He was conducting a routine check on a local motel when he observed a man running from the location. As he turned around to follow the suspect he was confronted by another man who disarmed him. The man handcuffed Sergeant Mahan with his own handcuffs, made him lay down, and shot him three times. Three suspects were apprehended and one was executed for the murder in 1999.

Sergeant Mahan had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1999

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I didn't know Sgt. Mahan and at the time of this tragic event I was in middle school. I do remember the funeral as it was held at the same middle school I was attending at the time and remember the numerous law enforcement officer's from all over being in attendance. I don't think I have ever seen so many police cars in one place since then. I know the police officer who ended up arresting the murderer the same night as he was trying to get home and so thankful that there are a brave few who step up each day to protect the good. I have gone out to the cemetery a few times and visited Sgt. Mahan's final resting place and taken the time to just reflect on what this man stood for. I have bowed my head and prayed while there and saluted this great man for his service.

Officer Rodney Hines
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal PSO DECO Security

May 15, 2015

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