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Deputy Sheriff Duran Ratliff | Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

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Duran Ratliff

Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 6, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Ratliff was shot and killed while after stopping a Clintwood police officer after receiving reports that the officer was driving drunk while in uniform.

The officer was pulled over by Deputy Ratliff on McClure Street. As the two men spoke while standing outside of their vehicles another deputy pulled up and exited his patrol car with gun drawn. Shooting ensued in which Deputy Ratliff and the Clintwood officer were both shot and killed.

Deputy Ratliff had served with the Dickenson County Sheriff's Office for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Deputy Ratliff's third cousin, Officer J. Wesley Moore, was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 27, 1944, while serving with the Clendenin Police Department, West Virginia.

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Police Officer J. Wesley Moore
Clendenin Police Department, West Virginia
End of Watch: Thursday, July 27, 1944
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 6, 2012


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