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Constable Robert Bunyan Sheppard | Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Constable

Robert Bunyan Sheppard

Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, December 11, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Constable Sheppard was shot and killed when he and the town sergeant of Stuart, Virginia, attempted to stop a stolen car. The car had been confiscated during a prohibition investigation and had been stolen from the county garage the previous night.

The two officers stopped the vehicle and as Constable Sheppard attempted to arrest the occupants, he was shot. The town sergeant was shot in the chest and seriously wounded when he went to Constable Sheppard's aid.

Five men were arrested in connection with Constable Sheppard's murder. The man who fired the shots was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Two brothers were also sentenced to over 30 years in prison for their parts in the shootings and theft of the vehicle.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 30, 2011

 

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