Private Ernest Ripley

Private Ernest Ripley

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, November 18, 1920

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Ernest Ripley

Private Ripley, Private Charles Kackley and Private William McMillion were all shot and killed during a two-year battle with striking coal miners in which over 50 people were killed. The Strike was finally put down with the help of the United States Army.

Private Ripley was killed in an exchange of gunfire with two men. He killed one. The other one was arrested and sentenced to 5 years in prison on December 18, 1920.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender One shot and killed

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I found the Officer Down Memorial Page while visiting the
West Virginia State Police website. The Hall of Honor link caught my attention and I felt compelled to view each EOW report. I pray this moment that they are honored in Heaven as guardians of society. I weep for Private Charles Kackley and each of the fallen officers. I pray this moment for their families. I pray this moment to God above for the safety of all that serve this Thanksgiving Day 2018 and ever more.

R Wood, Citizen

November 22, 2018

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