Chief of Police Francis Hays Wilmoth

Chief of Police Francis Hays Wilmoth

Coalton Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, July 22, 1902

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Francis Hays Wilmoth

Chief Francis Wilmoth was shot and killed while arresting two suspects. A third suspect shot him from an ambush position.

Two of the men were lynched by an angry mob two days later. The third suspect was arrested by a posse who located him hiding in the mountains near Montrose.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 22, 2020

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