William R. Mayfield, Brickyard Supervisor
Oklahoma State Penitentiary
End of Watch: January 20, 1926
On January 19, 1926, William R. Mayfield was the supervisor for the brickyard at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. One of the prisoners in the brickyard that day was originally sentenced to five years for burglary but in 1925, the inmate had killed his cellmate and received an additional twenty-five year sentence. This inmate had a plan to escape on this date.
To affect that escape, the inmate threw a brick at Mayfield, striking him in the back of the head which caused a deep wound and a fractured skull. Other officers then shot the inmate. Mayfield succumbed to his injuries and died the next morning.
He was survived by his wife and four children.