Deputy Sheriff John Hughes Mitchell

Deputy Sheriff John Hughes Mitchell

Henry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, May 4, 1922

John Hughes Mitchell

Deputy Mitchell was shot and killed in an ambush after seizing illegal whiskey.

Deputy Mitchell had served with the Henry County Sheriff's Office for 1 year. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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My grand father, George Whittle Mitchell, was the son of John Hughes Mitchell, and was quite young when his father, and my great grandfather, was shot and killed. I grew up hearing the story of his being ambushed and the hardship it caused for the family and how my grandfather dropped out of school to help support thr family. I grew up to know my great grandmother and she was quite a character and lived to a ripe old age. Hearing about my great grandfather was one reason I sought a degree in “Administration of Justice and Public Safety” from VCU and then on to law school and the practice of law for the past 39 years. I once took my grandfather and grandmother Mitchell to Martinsville for a ceremony where local fallen officers were honored. It meant a lot to my grandfather. It is my understanding from info handed down to me that a individual in the 1940’s supposedly confessed to being one of the gunmen who did the shooting. My grandfather named one of his sons (my uncle), Hughes; I’m sure in honor of his father.

Steven P. Roadcap
Great grandson to John Hughes Mitchell

February 15, 2018

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