Constable John Jefferson DeHart

Constable John Jefferson DeHart

Floyd County Constable's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, February 14, 1884

John Jefferson DeHart

Constable John DeHart succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier when he was shot while attempting to arrest a drunk man who was causing a disturbance in the town of Floyd Courthouse.

The subject, who was on horseback, shot Constable DeHart before riding away. He was arrested by a posse moments later and charged with Constable DeHart's murder.

Constable DeHart was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 12, 1884
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

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Constable DeHart,
On today, the 132nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Floyd County.


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February 14, 2016

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