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Does anyone have any info on a McAlester Police Officer, Henry Walton, being shot in the head on May 27, 1918, by Homer Millstead who was also shot.
Only article I have found so far is from The Tulsa Daily World, Wednesday, May 29, 1918,Page 1 Col.4, which tells of the shooting when Walton tried to arrest Millstead. Article indicates that neither man will probably survive.
Any help would be appreciated.


Dennis L Lippe, Chairman
Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial
PO Box 10776
Oklahoma City, OK 73140-1776
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Here, on a list of Pittsburgh county deaths, from 1918-1937, I find a Homer Millstead listed as having died Jan 19, 1929

http://genealogytrails.com/oka..._funeralrecords.html

I find a Henry B Walton buried in McAlester, here, Born Feb 21, 1872, died May 23, 1959

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-...age=gr&GRid=22676018

Nothing positive at all, just maybe pieces to the puzzle?

Dan


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Pittsburg County Guardian (McAlester, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 20, 1919

Man gets 6 year sentence in state pen

Six years in the state penitentiary at hard labor, on a charge of assault to kill, was what Homer Milstead, alleged jail breaker, received at the hands of a jury in district court this week, at the end of a three days trial. He was charged with having shot Night Police Chief, Henry Walton, of this city, on the night of May 27,1918 as the latter, together with night watch Jim McCully, attempted to arrest him in a home on west Jackson Avenue. Milstead had pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the defense set up a claim of self defense, declaring in effect, that Milstead had been made the object of an attack on his own life. The Jury, however, apparently accepted the view of the prosecution, giving Milstead 6 out of a possible sentence of 10 years, on conviction. The Jury was out just a little over 2 hours.

The second case against Milstead, that of assault to kill Night Patrolman Jim McCully, has been continued for the term.
According to the states evidence, Walton, McCully and several other police officers had gone to the home on west Jackson on the evening in question, having been informed that Milstead, who was already wanted here and at Wilburton on charges of breaking jail, would be there that night. Walton and McCully secured themselves in the house, and when Milstead entered he was ordered to surrender, but instead, according to evidence of States witnesses, he whipped out a gun and began firing, one shot striking McCully in the arm, causing a flesh wound, and another striking Night Chief Walton in the temple. Inflicting a near fatal wound. Fire returned by the officers after Milstead started firing, it was asserted, caused bullet wounds in Milsteads body., but did not prevent him escaping from the building and eluding the other 3 officers lying in wait to apprehend him on the outside. He made his way to a private home in North McAlester, where the sheriffs force was notified, and his arrest followed, with succeeding jail confinement while he was recovering from his injuries.
Policeman Walton lingered between life and death for some time, but finally recovered.
Milstead claims that the firing was started by the officers, and that he fired in self defense.
Numerous witnesses were examined, and about 3 hours given to the argument in the case
The jury, which rendered the verdict, was as follows:

B.F. Jobe, McAlester; W.A. Neal, Kiowa; O.G. Baily, Haileyville; B.M. Strother, McAlester; G.H. Green, Haileyville; J.J. Brewen, Krebvs; D.A. Brown, Kiowa; J.B. Nail, Indianola; Ernest Atkin, Kiowa; J.A. Hill, Quinton; J.D. Browder, Canadian; F.L. Grubbs, Arpelar



THIS SHERIFF SAYS GERMANY IS WORSE THAN WILBURTON JAIL
"Fifty dollars reward will be paid for each of these men anywhere in the world except Germany," is the way in which Sheriff W. S. Elliott of Wilburton is starting out to obtain the arrest of Homer Millstead and Jim Scaggs, who broke jail at Wilburton, May 10. "If they're in Germany let them stay there, for they are a darned sight worse off than if they were back in my jail," he announced in a letter to the local sheriff's office. (The Oklahoma City Times, May 14, 1918, page 7, transcribed by P. T.)

http://genealogytrails.com/oka...imer/news_crime.html


In the district court this week excellent progress in the dispensation of cases was made many being cleared off the docket in addition to handling the star opener, the Homer Millstead assault to kill case.

Pittsburg County Guardian (McAlester, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 20, 1919
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Thank you so much Daniel. I had found his headstone on Find-A-Grave so figured he had survived. All of this confirms it. Appreciate all your help as always.


Dennis L Lippe, Chairman
Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial
PO Box 10776
Oklahoma City, OK 73140-1776
e-mail: oklememorial@aol.com
 
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