Patrolman Edward Samuel Virden

Patrolman Edward Samuel Virden

Prescott Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, September 21, 1958

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Edward Samuel Virden

Patrolman Virden was shot and killed inside the old city jail by a suspect who was able to obtain a gun. The suspect had killed an automobile salesman in London, Kentucky the day before. A few days later the suspect was seriously wounded in a gun battle with a police officer in Kingsville, Texas, after the officer had stopped him for speeding.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Virden's murder and sentenced to life in the Arkansas State Prison. In 1968 he was granted a temporary furlough, but failed to return and was charged with escape. He was recaptured in Kentucky June 27, 1974.

Patrolman Virden was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Virden,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Prescott. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 21, 2018

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