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Deputy Sheriff Emery Grant Mabry | Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Emery Grant Mabry

Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, April 22, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Convicted of second-degree murder

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Deputy Sheriff Emery Mabry was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop.

Deputy Mabry had asked the owner of a drive-in off U.S. 58 in Laurel Fork to lookout for two men, wanted for burglary in Wythe County, who were traveling in separate vehicles. The restaurant owner called and said the men had bought some food and were eating in the parking lot. Deputy Mabry arrived and watched the men until they left. He got in his car and followed the men on 58. One eluded him, but he pulled over a man from Martinsville about 2 miles up the road from the restaurant.

A passerby said he saw a man get out of his car and walk up to Deputy Mabry's car while the deputy was still inside. The driver thought he saw him shoot the deputy. He turned around and went back to see if Deputy Mabry was okay, but he had been shot twice in the head at close range and was slumped behind the steering wheel.

The suspect was later arrested during a traffic stop near Martinsville. He was found guilty of second-degree murder after trial in August, 1974 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Deputy Mabry had served with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office for 1.5 years and is survived by his wife and two children. He is buried at Maple Shade Cemetery in Carroll County, Virginia.

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My Father served with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office for many years and I know the risks that came with policing my home county even back then. Somehow, Dad and the other guys policed the entire county with only 5 to 6 men and they did a very good job. Injury or death was a constant companion in as much as they worked mainly alone within large sections of the county. The bravery of such men goes without saying and must be admired since it called for great sacrifice. Those who made the supreme sacrifice must never be forgotten.

J. W. Leonard Spl Agent-in-Charge Ret.
U.S. Department of Defense
November 6, 2016

 

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