Deputy Sheriff Cleo Meeks

Deputy Sheriff Cleo Meeks

Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, October 21, 1967

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Cleo Meeks

Deputy Meeks was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant.

At about 8 p.m. he was assisting a Kiowa County deputy sheriff in serving an arrest warrant on a 19-year-old man for burglary. As the deputies approached the house the young man's father opened fire on the deputies, wounding both. Deputy Meeks was shot in the head and chest. The Kiowa deputy was critically wounded. The target of the arrest warrant dragged the wounded Kiowa deputy to safety and called police and medical assistance. The Kiowa County deputy survived his wounds.

The 56-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on Dec. 11, 1967. He was denied parole in 1975.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

warrant service

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Deputy Sheriff Meeks, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 9, 2020

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