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Inspector J. C. Shelhorse | Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia

Inspector

J. C. Shelhorse

Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 25, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/25/1918

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to 7 years

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Inspector J.C. Shelhorse was shot and killed in Alexandria, Virginia, as he and two other inspectors were searching for illegal whiskey at 1910 hours.

The inspectors had boarded Southern Railway passenger train Number 31 at Union Station in Washington, DC. When the train crossed into Virginia the officers, armed with a warrant, began a search of the train. When the agents attempted to talk to a man they suspected of having liquor the man fled from his seat into a baggage car.

A struggle ensued and the man produced a gun. One of the inspectors was able to disarm him and gave the gun to a second inspector. The men continued to struggle and the suspect was able to regain control of the pistol. As Inspector Shelhorse entered the baggage car the suspect fired a shot and struck him in the neck.

The suspect jumped from the train as it pulled into the passenger station in Alexandria and attempted to run but was caught by the two other inspectors and a soldier.

Inspector Shelhorse was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his wound at approximately 1955 hours.

In August 1918, the man who murdered him was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Inspector Shelhorse was survived by his wife and several 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 94th anniversary year 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 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

How proud you must be that your descendants have carried on your legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 14, 2012

 

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