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Constable Jeff Goff | Wirt County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia Wirt County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

Constable

Jeff Goff

Wirt County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, April 15, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/28/1915

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Suspect: Died in prison

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Constable Jeff Goff was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man for the theft of an engine. The man was also wanted for escaping from custody while being transported to a jail in Cairo to face charges of passing a worthless check.

When Constable Goff arrived at the man's home he was shot in the chest. The suspect fled from his home and remained at large until April 30, 1915, when he encountered Police Chief Ord Thompson, of the Gassaway Police Department. Chief Thompson did not know the man was wanted for Constable Goff's murder when he attempted to arrest him for writing a bad check. The suspect opened fire on Chief Thompson, killing him.

The man was later apprehended, convicted of both murders, and remained in jail until his death in 1971.

Constable Goff was survived by his wife and several children.

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Chief of Police G. Ord Thompson
Gassaway Police Department, West Virginia
End of Watch: Friday, April 30, 1915
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 97th anniversary of your death. 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 16, 2012

 

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