Special Deputy Marshal John Sloan

Special Deputy Marshal John Sloan

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, May 4, 1913

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John Sloan

Special Deputy Marshal John Sloan and Special Deputy Marshal Marion Ramey were shot and killed in Dickenson County, Virginia, just over the border with Kentucky.

They had been informed of the location of a still by the sister of the still's owner. Along with a third officer, they had gone and destroyed the still when they were ambushed. A prolonged shootout took place in which hundreds of shots were fired. Deputy Marshal Sloan and Deputy Marshal Ramey were both killed.

The wounded marshal crawled approximately five miles down a mountain, where he was located.

Several suspects were arrested the following year. Because it was unknown which state the shooting had taken place in, a special commission was established by Virginia and Kentucky to identify to re-establish the border between the two states. It was determined that the murders had occurred in Dickenson County, Virginia. Both men were convicted of murder and were sentenced to life in prison in the Virginia Penitentiary.

Special Deputy Sloan was survived by his wife.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Virginia
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

alcohol violation

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Special DUSM Ramey,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


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May 4, 2023

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