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Deputy Sheriff Walter H. Combs | Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Walter H. Combs

Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, July 5, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/4/1936

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Walter Combs was shot and killed while placing a prisoner into his automobile.

He had arrested the man for public drunkenness and was preparing to take him to jail when a second man approached and shot him six times. Deputy Combs was taken to Dickenson County Hospital, in Clintwood, where he succumbed to his injuries early the following morning.

Both men involved in the shooting fled into the woods pursued by a large posse. The subject who shot Deputy Combs surrendered the sheriff. He was convicted of Deputy Combs' murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Combs had served with the Dickenson County Sheriff's Office for only four months. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Deputy Sheriff Combs,
On today, the 81st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dickenson County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 5, 2017


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