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Fallen Heroes

Sheriff John E. (Johnnie) Ratliff
McClain County Sheriff's Office
Oklahoma
End of Watch: Saturday, May 9, 1925
Biographical Info
Age: 51
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, May 9, 1925
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Sheriff Ratliff was shot and killed while he and several other officers attempted to restrain a crazed man. The suspect had been taken to the jail by a railroad detective but was released the following morning. Later in the morning the city marshal encountered the man again.

Undersheriff Jason Daugherty went to assist the marshal but the man suddenly pulled a knife and stabbed him in the shoulder. Sheriff Ratliff and other deputies came to assist as well. The suspect was able to gain control of Sheriff Ratliff's weapon and shot him twice, killing him. Other officers continued to return fire, mortally wounding the suspect. Undersheriff Daugherty succumbed to his wounds two months later.

Sheriff Ratliff was in his fourth term as sheriff.
Undersheriff Jason Edward Daugherty
McClain County Sheriff's Office
Oklahoma
End of Watch: Saturday, July 18, 1925
Biographical Info
Age: 47
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Stabbed
Date of Incident: Saturday, May 9, 1925
Weapon Used: Edged weapon; Knife
Suspect Info: Not available

Undersheriff Daugherty succumbed to stab wounds sustained two months earlier while assisting a city marshal with putting a prisoner in jail. The prisoner stabbed Undersheriff Daugherty with a hidden knife. The suspect then shot and killed Sheriff Johnnie Ratliff, who came to the assistance of the two officers, with his own service weapon after overpowering him.

Undersheriff Daugherty was survived by his wife and five children.

Captain Esau R. Green
McClain County Sheriff's Office
Oklahoma
End of Watch: June 2, 1993
Biographical Info
Age: 63
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident

Date of Incident: June 2, 1993
Weapon Used: None
Suspect Info: None
Captain Esau R. Green was involved in a fatal one-vehicle accident on June 2, 1993.


"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS". JOHN 15:13
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