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Chief of Police Ruben Wallen | St. Charles Police Department, Virginia St. Charles Police Department, Virginia

Chief of Police

Ruben Wallen

St. Charles Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, August 16, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/16/1936

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Apprehended

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Chief Wallen was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a coal mine worker for carrying a pistol in town shortly after midnight. The suspect immediately opened fire on Chief Wallen. The chief was struck three times and killed instantly.

Two men who were with the chief took the suspect and his acquaintance into custody at the scene.

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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 77th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 22, 2013

 

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