Deputy Sheriff Eugene Capell Moore

Deputy Sheriff Eugene Capell Moore

Atoka County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, August 5, 1932

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Eugene Capell Moore

Deputy Sheriff Eugene Moore was shot and killed by the Bonnie and Clyde Gang when Deputy Moore asked them, and several intoxicated friends, to put a bottle of whiskey away.

Deputy Sheriff Moore arrived at a dance with Sheriff C.G. Maxwell. The dance was held at an outdoor pavilion in Stringtown, Oklahoma. Spotting a suspicious vehicle parked behind the bandstand with two men sitting inside, Sheriff Maxwell and deputy Moore approached the car and saw an open container of whiskey. Sheriff Maxwell announced to the two men "You can consider yourselves under arrest," not knowing the two men were Clyde Barrow and Raymond Hamilton, both wanted for murder. Barrow and Hamilton both opened fire on the two lawmen wounding Sheriff Maxwell and killing Eugene Moore before he could draw his weapon.

Deputy Moore was survived by his wife and three children. He is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Calera, Bryan County, Oklahoma.

The Bonnie and Clyde Gang was responsible for the murder of law enforcement officers in four states - Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas - between 1932 and 1934. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow started their criminal career by robbing banks and quickly became notorious murderers wanted for the murders of nine law enforcement officers.

The two criminals were finally shot and killed in Louisiana when they were ambushed by a task force of Texas and Louisiana officers.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both shot and killed

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As a child I grew up in Atoka County and knew Deputy Moore’s wife Minnie. She told me many times the story how her husband was gunned down by the Burrow Gang. Today , there stands a memorial on the side of the highway in Stringtown , Ok where he and Sheriff Maxwell were shot. Over the past 50 years I have served and retired as an Oklahoma Lawman. I served with the Oklahoma City Police Dept where I retired after 34 years as a detective. Then 12 years as the Chief Special Agent in charge of the L/E division for the Ok Dept of Ag. Today I’m still serving. I have never forgotten the story about the sacrifices Deputy Moore made on his fateful night, when he and the sheriff came upon the Burrows and gang. It taught me to always expect the unexpected. Long live the memories of the Deputies, and what generations of lawmen have learned from their sacrifice.

Col Jerry Flowers
Oklahoma City Police & Okla Dept of Ag

August 12, 2021

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