Tulsa, OK – Osage County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Captain William “Willy” Hargraves was killed in a two-vehicle collision on his way to work on Friday.
The incident occurred at around 8 a.m. on U.S. Highway 60 near State Highway 18, according to KOCO.
Captain Hargraves, 44, was traveling east on Highway 60 when a woman traveling south on Highway 18 t-boned his truck, pushing his vehicle off of the road and into a power pole, according to KOTV.
The captain was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The woman in the other vehicle and her passenger sustained minor injuries. No information has been released about if she will be facing charges.
OCSO said that Captain Hargraves was hired in 1998 as a jailer before being promoted to field deputy in 2000. In 2003 he was promoted to K9 handler and worked drug interdiction and detection for the public schools.
Captain Hargraves was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2004. He was then promoted to patrol lieutenant in 2006 where he was responsible for supervising patrol and criminal investigations for the west area of Osage County. He remained in that position until he was promoted to Jail Lieutenant in 2020, before ultimately being promoted to captain of investigations in 2022.
Captain Hargraves was also a firefighter and served on the Shidlet Board of Education, according to the Pawhuska Journal-Capital.
“He was a phenomenal guy,” OCSO Sheriff Eddie Virden said, according to the Pawhuska Journal-Capital. “I can’t even begin to tell you how big a gap he’s going to leave in our office.”
“It’s just a sad, horrible, horrible, horrible deal no matter how you look at it,” Sheriff Virden added, the Pawhuska Journal-Capital reported. “I would have never seen this coming.”
Captain Hargraves is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and siblings, according to Officer Down Memorial Page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of Osage County Sheriff’s Office Captain William Hargraves who died in a vehicle collision on the line of duty. May God grant him eternal peace. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/Cgiah2jMNF— NYPD Chaplains Unit (@NYPDchaplains) August 21, 2022
Our condolences go out to the Osage County Sheriff's Office and the family and friends of Captain William Hargraves who was killed in a vehicle crash. Captain Hargraves had served with the Osage County Sheriff's Office for 24 years. #LODD #EOW pic.twitter.com/078qscghvy— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) August 22, 2022
RIP. Oklahoma Captain William Hargraves was killed when his unit was struck by a vehicle entering the highway. He is survived by his wife and three children. #rip #hero #eow #protectingtheblue #lawenforcement #thinblueline #bluelivesmatter #backtheblue #police #becarefuloutthere pic.twitter.com/PomtmW5WF5— Protecting the Blue (@protectingblue) August 21, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of OCSO Captain Willy Hargraves, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.