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Deputy Sheriff Clarence Edward Simmons | Roanoke County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Roanoke County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Clarence Edward Simmons

Roanoke County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, April 17, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Both convicted

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Deputy Sheriff Clarence Simmons was shot and killed by two brothers in retaliation for the death of a third brother during a police pursuit. Deputy Simmons was on patrol when a vehicle pulled alongside of him and the occupants opened fire with a shotgun. The three brothers were part of a gang involved with making illegal whiskey.

The two brothers who shot Deputy Simmons were convicted of second degree murder.

Deputy Simmons was survived by his expectant wife and eight children.

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This is my great grandfather's brother (great grand uncle?). Been delving into family history a fair bit lately and it's a sad story, but also someone of whom we can be proud. I find it fitting that he is still honored today.

Lloyd Odell Simmons III

Lloyd Odell Simmons III
great grand nephew
April 25, 2015

 

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