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Deputy Sheriff Oneal Moore | Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

Oneal Moore

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 2, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Case reopened in 2001

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Deputy Sheriff Oneal Moore was shot and killed when he and his partner were ambushed while on patrol. A pickup truck pulled up alongside their patrol car and an occupant in the truck's bed opened fire, killing Deputy Moore and wounding his partner. Deputy Moore was Washington Parish's first black deputy and it is believed that the deputies were attacked because of their race. There was an ongoing race-war in the region led by the Ku Klux Klan.

Two suspects were arrested in Mississippi following the murder but no charges were filed by the prosecuting attorney due to a lack of evidence. However, the investigation was reopened by the FBI in 1990, again in 2001, and was re-opened in 2009 by their Civil Rights-era Cold Case Initiative. The prime suspect died in 2003.

Deputy Moore was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife and four young daughters.

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I never got the opportunity to meet you but your dad was such a loving person with a beautiful smile. He would often come to Bogalusa with your mom (Marvella) to see my ( mom ) Beatrice Morgan who was his cousin. I was in the 8th or 9th grade when your dadl passed. I remember my neighbor telling us that he had gotten killed and we went to Richmond Funeral Home in Bogalusa to view his body. Wonderful man.

Carolyn Morgan Brown Atlanta, GA
My mother and your dad were cousins
February 7, 2014


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