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Trooper Robert Ball Noechel | West Virginia State Police, West Virginia West Virginia State Police, West Virginia


Robert Ball Noechel

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, November 1, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/1/1965

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Noechel was shot and killed in Keyser, West Virginia, as he, another trooper, and a Mineral County deputy attempted to arrest a man on weapon's charges. The officers were given a key to the man's home by the man's wife, whom he had threatened with a shotgun earlier in the day.

The officers entered the home and proceeded into the home single file, with Trooper Noechel in the lead position. The suspect suddenly appeared and fired one shot from a .12 gauge shotgun, striking Trooper Noechel in the chest. The suspect surrendered a short time later after tear gas was fired into the home.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison February 4, 1966. He was denied a new trial in 1977.

Trooper Noechel He was survived by his wife and five children.

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It doesn't seem possible that it has been 48 years since you were so suddenly taken from us. You live on in spirit through your children and their offspring. My son was spared when he was shot in the line of duty and returned to police work. You would be so proud of him! If only you had not been taken.....

Rebecca Sue Healy
October 1, 2013


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