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May 15, 2012

Former deputy to be one of six honored

A Grady County deputy sheriff killed more than a century ago will be one of six Oklahoma law enforcement officers honored Friday at the 44th annual Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial in Oklahoma City.

Green Pryor William Cude, 36, was working the morning of April 19, 1909, when he and another deputy were sent to a home near Alex to arrest Jim Moore.

Moore, an Indian, was recently released from the insane asylum at Fort Supply and had reportedly forced everyone out of his house at gunpoint.

He met the two lawmen at the gate and invited them into the house. When the officers refused to enter, Moore went to the back of the house and came back out with a shotgun. Moore sat down with the shotgun across his knees.

That’s when Cude decided to talk Moore into surrendering and agreed to go into the house. Instead, when the deputy got close to Moore, he attempted to grab the shotgun from him.

Moore pulled the trigger and the shotgun blast hit Cude in the face and chest, killing him instantly.

As the other deputy backed out of the yard, Moore turned the shotgun on him.

The deputy was able to summon a posse from Alex. When the armed men arrived at the house, Moore fled into a field. He fired at the posse and was killed by return fire.

Cude left a wife and five children.

Also honored Friday will be three deputy sheriffs who died during the past year in traffic accidents. They are Choctaw County Deputy Brian Edward Hayden, 47, of Sawyer, and Pottawatomie County Reserve Deputies Tim Lowry, 56, and Mike Roberts, 45.

The other two honorees will be Pershing City Marshal James Samuel Shelley and Boynton City Marshal and Osage County Deputy Floyd James Spencer. Shelley was shot May 11, 1921, when he stopped a stolen car near Pershing. Spencer was shot Jan. 20, 1950, and died the following day.

The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. at the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial on the west grounds of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety headquarters, 3600 N. Martin Luther King Ave., in Oklahoma City.

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