Deputy Sheriff Duran Ratliff

Deputy Sheriff Duran Ratliff

Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, March 6, 1973

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Duran Ratliff

Deputy Sheriff Duran Ratliff was shot and killed while after stopping a Clintwood police officer after receiving reports that the officer was driving drunk while in uniform.

The officer was pulled over by Deputy Ratliff on McClure Avenue. As the two men spoke while standing outside of their vehicles another deputy pulled up and exited his patrol car with gun drawn. Shooting ensued in which Deputy Ratliff and the Clintwood officer were both shot and killed.

Deputy Ratliff, a WWII U.S. Army veteran, had served with the Dickenson County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Deputy Ratliff's third cousin, Officer J. Wesley Moore, was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 27th, 1944, while serving with the Clendenin Police Department, West Virginia.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

traffic stop

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Happy Birthday, Daddy. You would have been 100 years old on February 14, 2020. Love & miss you more everyday. Miss never getting the chance to grow up knowing you. Miss you not getting to see what kind of person I turned out to be. Miss you not getting to meet your grand-children & great grand-children. Miss them not getting to know you. Nothing can fill the void that your absence has left. JESUS promises that we will meet again. I hold tightly onto that promise. Love always, your little "Monkey".

Deepest Respect,
Robin Ratliff Workman
Daughter of Duran Ratliff
(Deputy Sherriff - 3/6/73)

February 19, 2020

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