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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I hate that you were taken so soon. I love that my Daddy looks so much like you. I love the stories of you giving me coffee off a spoon as I sat on your leg at the kitchen table. I need to say thank you.... Thank you for giving me my Daddy. The man you have given me and my brother and sisters is the most precious man I have ever known in my life. The first man I ever loved. He says he is far from perfect but to me, he is perfect. He loves God and loves his family more than anything. This man I call my Dad loved my Momma the way God wants us to love. That makes him more of a hero to me on top of being the best Dad in the world ! I feel it deep in my heart and soul that God blessed me with the most perfect Mom and Dad he created.
And you started it... Thank you
We will meet again one-day. But until then if you can, hug my Momma for me and watch over and keep my family safe.
Love You Mr ❤️❤️
Stormy Ratliff

Stormy Bre’Aun Ratliff

April 10, 2021

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