Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Franklin Sluss

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Franklin Sluss

Scott County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 15, 1939

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Benjamin Franklin Sluss

Deputy Sheriff Ben Sluss was shot and killed during a shootout at the Poplar Cabin service station on Dungannon's main street.

Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and killed the suspect. He was taken to a hospital in Coeburn where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Deputy Sluss and the subject who shot him were on friendly terms and no motive for the shooting was ever established.

Deputy Sluss was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 14, 1939
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Deputy Sheriff Sluss. Thanks for your honorable actions.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 10, 2018

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