Special Deputy Marshal Marion Ramey

Special Deputy Marshal Marion Ramey

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, May 4, 1913

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Marion Ramey

Special Deputy Marion Ramey and Special Deputy Marshal John Sloan were shot and killed in Dickenson County, Virginia, just over the border of Kentucky.

The deputy marshals had been informed of the location of a still by the sister of the still's owner. The three had gone and destroyed the still when they were ambushed. A prolonged shootout took place in which hundreds of shots were fired. Deputy Marshal Sloan and Deputy Marshal Ramey were both killed.

The wounded marshal crawled approximately five miles down a mountain, where he was located.

Several suspects were arrested the following year. Because it was unknown which state the shooting had taken place in, a special commission was established by Virginia and Kentucky to identify to re-establish the border between the two states. It was determined that the murders had occurred in Dickenson County, Virginia, and both men were sentenced to life in prison in the Virginia Penitentiary.

Deputy Marshal Ramey was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Virginia
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Marshal Marion Ramey was my Great Grandfather. His son Homer Ramey was my mother Shirley Rameys father. I remember my Grandfather showing my cousins and me our Great Grandfather’s badge, guns, and holsters when we were just kids. They were his prize possessions. He was so proud!

Jeffrey Chaney

June 17, 2019

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