Deputy Sheriff Ira Milburn Skeen

Deputy Sheriff Ira Milburn Skeen

Scott County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, December 22, 1955

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Ira Milburn Skeen

Deputy Sheriff Ira Skeen was shot and killed in Slant while posting a notice at a grocery store for a special state election to change the state constitution.

He had walked out of the store when he was shot three times by a man who held a grudge against him for having previously been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and drunk in public.

The subject, 64, fled the scene and hid until the new sheriff took office. At the time, the search for the suspect had been the largest manhunt in the state. He surrendered to authorities at his home 10 days later. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Skeen was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge KIC 855

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, retaliation

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Skeen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 26, 2019

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