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Inspector Luther Simeon McManamay | Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia


Luther Simeon McManamay

Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, April 24, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 30 years

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Inspector Luther McManamay was shot and killed as he and Sheriff Charlie Gum, of Bath County, attempted to arrest two suspects wanted for illegal moonshining in the region.

The two suspects were part of the Scott-Thacker Gang. The previous year, Inspector McManamay and the sheriff of Alleghany County were shot and wounded while raiding a still belonging to the gang. Several members of the group were arrested over the following months.

As Inspector McManamay and Sheriff Gum conducted unrelated business in Alleghany County, they observed the two wanted men driving towards them. As the two attempted to drive past them, the sheriff drove his car into their car and stopped it. Sheriff Gum began to arrest one of the men as Inspector McManamay approached the other man. The suspect, Inspector McManamay was approaching, drew a gun and shot the inspector in the chest, killing him. The man then attacked the sheriff from behind, repeatedly striking him on the head with his gun, and knocked him unconscious.

The two suspects fled the scene but were apprehended after a large search by a posse and the National Guard. The suspect who shot Inspector McManamay was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Sheriff Gum was shot and killed in the line of duty 5 years later while investigating a disturbance.

Inspector McManamay had served with the Department of Prohibition Enforcement for 4 year, and had previously served as a deputy sheriff for Bath County and as a police officer for 9 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Thanks, for your service it was time to put your name along with your other fallen brothers. You had a job to do that wasn't very popular but you did your duty and it took your young life, leaving a wife and four kids. My Dad was the oldest at 6yrs. He told us of the gun battle and he was sad but proud of you and Sheriff Gum. I am glad we can honer you now.

John McManamay
November 26, 2011


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