Police Officer John W. Sutfin

Police Officer John W. Sutfin

Norfolk and Western Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, April 25, 1941

John W. Sutfin

Police Officer John Sutfin succumbed to gunshot wounds received the previous day when he was shot in the rail yards at Kenova, West Virginia, while attempting to arrest an armed robbery suspect. The man had robbed another railroad police officer of his service revolver earlier in the evening.

Other officers were able to return fire and kill the suspect. Officer Sutfin was taken to Rife-Ferguson Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Sutfin had served with the Norfolk & Western Railroad Police Department for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, and brother.


  • Age 68
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location West Virginia
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 24, 1941
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in Peace Officer John W. Sutfin. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for youyr Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the carcass of your murderer.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 25, 2016

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