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Deputy Sheriff Joseph W. Sykes | Norfolk County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Norfolk County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Joseph W. Sykes

Norfolk County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, August 29, 1909

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/28/1909

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1910

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Deputy Joseph Sykes was shot and killed on Old County Road, in the City of South Norfolk, as he and two special officers attempted to question three suspicious men they observed on the road. When the three men realized they had been seen by the officers they split up and began walking in separate directions.

As one of the officers began chasing one of the suspects they exchanged shots. Deputy Sykes and the other officer took the remaining two suspects into custody at gunpoint. One of the two suddenly stepped behind the other, drew a gun, and opened fire. Deputy Sykes was struck once in the neck and once in the leg. Both suspects then fled the scene.

Deputy Sykes was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, in Norfolk City, where he died the following evening.

All three suspects were apprehended within three weeks. The suspect who shot Deputy Sykes was sentenced to death and executed at the Virginia State Penitentiary on June 10, 1910.

Deputy Sheriff Sykes was survived by his wife and two children.

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We are greatful for the courage, service and sacrifices of Deputy Sykes. May he always be honored in memory.

Maj. L. Carter
NSO Retired NPD
August 29, 2013


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