Deputy Sheriff Joseph Lewis Latimer

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Lewis Latimer

Cotton County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, October 19, 1995

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Joseph Lewis Latimer

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Latimer was killed in a vehicle crash at SH 65 and Central Street as he responded to a call to backup officers involved in a gang shootout.

Deputy Latimer was assisting Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers to investigate a traffic collision just north of Temple, Oklahoma. During the investigation, Temple Police requested assistance in dealing with a large crowd at the scene of a drive-by shooting. Deputy Latimer radioed that he was responding to assist the Temple officers. The dispatcher then lost radio contact with him.

A short time later, a Temple officer found Deputy Latimer's wrecked patrol car. Deputy Latimer had been thrown 15-feet from the vehicle. He was airlifted to a hospital in Lawton but was pronounced dead on arrival on the morning of October 19th, 1995.

Deputy Latimer is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 208

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 18, 1995

emergency response, shots fired call, single vehicle crash

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Deputy Sheriff Latimer,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cotton County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 19, 2020

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