Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 6 years
Badge # 214
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Offender: Not available
Deputy Rafter was shot and killed after he became overpowered by a prisoner he was transporting to the Augusta County Jail, Virginia.
Deputy Rafter had stopped to assist a disabled motorist on the exit ramp from I-81 to the city of Staunton when the prisoner overpowered him and gained control of his .357 caliber service revolver. The suspect shot Deputy Rafter as they struggled in the front seat of the patrol car.
The suspect was convicted of murdering Deputy Rafter and sent to prison.
Deputy Rafter had served with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office for 6 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, brother, and sister.