Deputy Sheriff Frank Lightner Armstrong

Deputy Sheriff Frank Lightner Armstrong

Augusta County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, August 23, 1941

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Frank Lightner Armstrong

Deputy Frank Armstrong was shot and killed as he and the sheriff attempted to serve a lunacy warrant on a man at his home. The suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Armstrong and wounding the sheriff.

The Staunton police chief was shot and wounded several hours later as he lead a posse to arrest the suspect. Other posse members returned fire, killing the suspect.

Deputy Armstrong had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 23, 2020

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