Died October 27, 1920 as a result of a gunshot wound. He responded to a burglary in progress where a suspect was apprehended coming out of a house. The resident, not fully awakened, saw Officer Yoakum in his backyard and mistook him for the burglar. The resident fired one shot, killing Officer Yoakum. As Officer Yoakum lay dying in the yard he said, "I forgive the man who shot me."