In what has been described as the darkest day in the annals of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, three troopers were slain on May 26, 1978, in two separate shootouts with two escaped Oklahoma State Prison convicts in the Caddo-Kenefic area of Bryan County. The three troopers killed in the tragedy were Trooper Houston F. "Pappy" Summers, 62, and Trooper Billy G. Young, 50, both members of the Motor Inspection Division who had been assigned to assist in tracing down the felons, and Lt. Pat Grimes, 36, who with his partner, Lt. Hoyt Hughes, internal Affairs Division, also had drawn an assignment to search for the escapees. Hughes was injured in the gunfire exchange, but recovered from his wounds.

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