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Sheriff Edwin Blair Butler | Alleghany County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Alleghany County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Sheriff

Edwin Blair Butler

Alleghany County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, August 12, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/9/1922

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Edwin Blair Butler was shot while he and two other officers were serving a search warrant on a suspected moonshine operation on August 9, 1922.

Sheriff Butler was taken to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Hospital in Clifton Forge where he died of his injuries on August 12, 1922.

His murderer was arrested the next month and at trial was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Sheriff Butler had been elected to the Office of Sheriff in 1919. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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R.I.P. Brother, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you for going where others would not go and doing what others would be scared to do. Tonight 90 years after you left us, "A" shift dedicates our watch to you, Sheriff Butler.

SGT. J.L. SLAUGHTER
RADFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT, VA
August 12, 2012

 

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