Constable John R. Samuels

Constable John R. Samuels

Raleigh County Constable's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, October 2, 1927

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John R. Samuels

Constable Samuels was shot and killed after encountering several suspicious men next to Sophia Church at approximately 0200 hours. Constable Samuels and the men exchanged shot. Constable Samuels was killed and one of the suspects was seriously wounded. The city police chief, responding to sounds of the shots, located the suspect and began to drive him to the hospital. The suspect attacked the chief in the car and stabbed him several times. Although wounded, the chief continued to go to the hospital where they were both treated.

Constable Samuels' body was not found until the following day at approximately noon.

Constable Samuels had served as constable for only 9 months and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

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Rest in peace and know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 2, 2020

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