Deputy Sheriff Ben F. Sluss

Deputy Sheriff Ben F. Sluss

Scott County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 15, 1939

Ben F. Sluss

Deputy Sluss was shot and killed during a shootout at a local filing station. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Sluss was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Deputy Sluss was taken to a hospital in Coeburn, Virginia, where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Deputy Sluss was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 14, 1939
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Even when mortally wounded, you managed to shoot and kill your assailant. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 73rd 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and 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

February 15, 2012

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