Chief of Police Chloe Francis "Frankie" Stanton

Chief of Police Chloe Francis "Frankie" Stanton

Bradshaw Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, August 28, 1998

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Chloe Francis "Frankie" Stanton

Chief of Police Frankie Stanton was shot and killed by a man whom she had taken a gun away from moments earlier.

Chief Stanton had taken the man into custody after he had ridden into the small town on horseback and caused a disturbance at a local pharmacy. After taking a .32 caliber pistol from the man, she took him to the police station.

When Chief Stanton went to answer the phone, the man pulled a small .22 caliber Derringer from a pouch strapped to his waist and shot her in the head. He then fled the scene on horseback but was immediately caught and charged with murder. He was sentenced to 15 years to life.

Chief Stanton was taken to a local hospital where she died the next day. Bradshaw is a town of 400 people located in McDowell County.

Chief Stanton had served with the Bradshaw Police Department for 2 years. She is survived by her 6-year-old daughter, father, four sisters, and five brothers.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 27, 1998
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Chief Stanton,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bradshaw. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 28, 2023

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