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Constable John R. Samuels | Raleigh County Constable's Office, West Virginia Raleigh County Constable's Office, West Virginia


John R. Samuels

Raleigh County Constable's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, October 2, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Constable Samuels was shot and killed after encountering several suspicious men next to Sophia Church at approximately 0200 hours. Constable Samuels and the men exchanged shot. Constable Samuels was killed and one of the suspects was seriously wounded. The city police chief, responding to sounds of the shots, located the suspect and began to drive him to the hospital. The suspect attacked the chief in the car and stabbed him several times. Although wounded, the chief continued to go to the hospital where they were both treated.

Constable Samuels' body was not found until the following day at approximately noon.

Constable Samuels had served as constable for only 9 months and was survived by his wife and two children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 27, 2013


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