Deputy Sheriff Roy L. Shamblin

Deputy Sheriff Roy L. Shamblin

Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, July 25, 1933

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Roy L. Shamblin

Deputy Sheriff Roy Shamblin was shot and killed in Charleston while transporting a prisoner to the State Penitentiary in Moundsville.

Several gunmen pulled up next to the vehicle on Sissonville Drive, approximately one mile outside of the Charleston city limits. They forced the patrol car into a guardrail, and opened fire, killing Deputy Shamblin and wounding his partner. The four suspects then took the prisoner a few blocks away, shot him numerous times, and dumped his body next to his father's home.

Three men, including the prisoner's brother, were arrested and charged with two counts of murder. Two of the men were sentenced to life in prison. The third was sentenced to death and executed by hanging at the State Penitentiary. The wife of one of the men was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Deputy Shamblin was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed


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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 25, 2020

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