Trooper Hugh Donald Swartz

Trooper Hugh Donald Swartz

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, October 5, 1970

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.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Rest in peace Trooper Swartz, I never knew you but I am neighbors to some of the most rarest people on earth, your brother retired Trooper Gordon Swartz, and his wonderful wife Shirley. he has played an invaluable role in my life the last few years and we have spoken of you many occasions . I am retired military and it does both of us good to talk about our losses and experiences . He greatly misses you and talks of your well stature as a trooper. Till we meet in heaven, sincerely SFC. Kristopher D. Myers US Army retired. You have one fine brother, he is a true treasure to us, rest easy.

SFC. Kristopher David Myers
U.S. Army / neighbor friend of his brother Trooper Gordon Swartz

November 2, 2018

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