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Hero Down: Osage County Sheriff’s Office Captain William Hargraves Killed In Crash On Way To Work

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 of OCSO Captain Willy Hargraves, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Christopher Berg

Editor-in-Chief: Twitter/@SnarkyCop. Christopher left his job as a police officer to manage The Police Tribune to provide context to the public about police incidents. Before becoming a police officer, he worked as a law enforcement dispatcher trainer.

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Written by Christopher Berg


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