Constable Elijah Chenault

Constable Elijah Chenault

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, August 4, 1823

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Elijah Chenault

Constable Chenault was killed when he was struck over the head with a stick while attempting to seize property from a woman who had failed to pay a debt. A struggle ensued during which the woman struck him over the head, causing a fatal wound.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one year in jail and fined $85. The fine was later dismissed by President James Monroe after she served her jail term.

Constable Chenault had served as a constable for Alexandria off and on for over 25 years. He was survived by his wife and several children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year

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I am very proud to be related to Constable Elijah Chenault, who was my third Great Grandfather. To have met his untimely death in the line of duty just lends to the fact that every day our police men and women lay their lives on the line. I shed tears as I read the account of the assault and suspect who took his life. Thank you for your service.
I lost my son in the military in Desert Storm so I hold you both in my heart and offer love and respect for your sacrifice. I feel honored to be a Chenault on my mother's side. The Chenaults are a Virginia family that goes back to the Huguenots who settled in Virginia from France.
Elijah, you are not forgotten.
Love From Your Great, Great, Great Granddaughter Barbara

Barbara Chenault Beaugrand
GGG Granddaughter of Elijah Chenault

March 8, 2019

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