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Game Warden John L. Cox | Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia

Game Warden

John L. Cox

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, June 28, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Did not face trial

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Game Warden John Cox was shot and killed while following up on a tip on the Guest River Highway, near Norton.

Warden Cox, who also served as a county policeman for Wise County, was seen turning around to follow a car on the highway. Several minutes later the driver of that car shot him five times before he was able to exit his car or draw his weapon. A passerby drove Game Warden Cox to the hospital in Norton where he was pronounced dead.

The shooter turned himself in to the county sheriff the following day. On the day his trial was to begin his case was nolle prossed after the prosecutor stated there was not enough evidence to go to trial.

Game Warden Cox had served in law enforcement for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.

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Game Warden Cox,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Virginia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
June 28, 2017

 

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