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Sergeant Melvin S. Shelton | Richlands Police Department, Virginia Richlands Police Department, Virginia


Melvin S. Shelton

Richlands Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, December 21, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

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Sergeant Melvin Shelton suffered a fatal heart attack while working a traffic detail at approximately 3:25 pm.

After beginning to feel ill he hitched a ride to Norfolk Street where the police chief was also working a traffic detail. When he got out of the car he suddenly collapsed. The chief took him to Richlands Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Sergeant Shelton had served with the Richlands Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, and four siblings.

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RIP the grandfather I never knew.

Martha Smith
June 11, 2017


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