He was survived by his wife.
Sergeant Oebels was shot when he intervened in a robbery at a pharmacy on Bayless Street in St. Louis County. He had gone to the pharmacy to pick up his wife from work when two men entered and announced a holdup. When the two men ordered Sergeant Oebels to come closer, he drew his revolver and exchanged shots with the suspects. One of his shots struck one of the suspects in the buttocks. Sergeant Oebels was transported to County Hospital where he died at 10:25 p.m.
Two years later, the suspect was taken into custody on an unrelated charge. He underwent surgery to have the slug removed because of pain. The slug was held as evidence and linked the man to Sergeant Oebel's murder. The suspect was sentenced to death, but had the sentence commuted to life in prison.
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