Patrolman Russell McCurry

Patrolman Russell McCurry

Salem Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, February 29, 1976

Russell McCurry

Patrolman Russell McCurry was shot and killed while chasing a juvenile he had observed breaking into cars. Patrolman McCurry and other officers were conducting a surveillance of a motel parking lot when they observed the offense. Patrolman McCurry gave chase of one of the juveniles. During the chase the suspect pulled a small caliber handgun and fired one shot, striking Patrolman McCurry in the chest.

Patrolman McCurry was a U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran and had served with the agency for just nine months. He was survived by his wife and two teenage daughters and is buried at Sherwood Burial Park, Salem, Virginia.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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As a McCurry, You do all of us Proud. My Father Aubrey E. McCurry was lost many years after, 1988. Let no one forget how the McCurrys served. I did not know you as you passed before I was born, but may others be inspired to walk the path you forged.

Michael McCurry
same last name

April 20, 2013

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