Trooper Hugh Donald Swartz

Trooper Hugh Donald Swartz

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, October 5, 1970

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Hugh Donald Swartz

Trooper Swartz was shot and killed while attempting to serve three warrants to a man at the man's home at Buffalo Creek, West Virginia. The suspect opened fire on Trooper Swartz with a 410 gauge shotgun. Despite being wounded, Trooper Swartz was able to make it back to his patrol car and radio for help. However, he succumbed to the wounds by the time an ambulance arrived.

The suspect was charged with several crimes, including first degree murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison March 24, 1971.

He had served with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and three daughters.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 410 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Trooper Swartz,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of West Virginia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

October 5, 2020

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