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Trooper Hugh Donald Swartz | West Virginia State Police, West Virginia West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Trooper

Hugh Donald Swartz

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, October 5, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/5/1970

Weapon: Shotgun; 410 gauge

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Swartz was shot and killed while attempting to serve three warrants to a man at the man's home at Buffalo Creek, West Virginia. The suspect opened fire on Trooper Swartz with a 410 gauge shotgun. Despite being wounded, Trooper Swartz was able to make it back to his patrol car and radio for help. However, he succumbed to the wounds by the time an ambulance arrived.

The suspect was charged with several crimes, including first degree murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison March 24, 1971.

He had served with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and three daughters.

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My mom, your big sister, still thinks of you everyday of her life, and like Ted, you were like a son to her. Your photo will be on her wall, and you will be her special love until the day she dies. I also have photos of you and me, of Pammie and Debbie and my sister Sue, taken in Mishawaka Ind. I look so much like you that I could have fit right in, and seem to have your wit and mischievous nature.
I was saddened to learn of the loss of Pam, and always wished I could have know her as an adult. Georgia (Swartz) Gildner and Paul would love to hear from Debbie or any of his grandkids. They live on 3rd street in Mishawaka and are listed in the phone book.
You were an inspiration to me, you family and community, and you did it all with that twinkle in your eye and grin on your face. Everyone loved you Don, and certainly, so did I.
Hank (Butch) Shafer Clearwater Florida

Henry F. Shafer
Nephew by Hank and Georgia
October 22, 2014

 

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