Chief of Police Chloe Francis Stanton

Chief of Police Chloe Francis Stanton

Bradshaw Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, August 28, 1998

Chloe Francis Stanton

Chief of Police 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.

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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Wow. I was so young when all this happened. I am the grandson of the man who killed beautiful woman. I am so sorry for everyone's loss. I wish I could take back what my grandfather did to her. I really wish I could. He is now dying alone in a prison. I have only gotten to see him about 3 times a year, but at least I get to see him. I know God has a place for Chloe. I pray that God rest easy on everyone who was close with this woman. I do not know any of you, but I understand what it feels to lose someone in some respect.

God Bless everyone.

-Christopher J Vance

Christopher J Vance
A sad grandson

September 19, 2011

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