Game Warden Cecil B. Bays

Game Warden Cecil B. Bays

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, November 27, 1952

Cecil B. Bays

Game Warden Cecil Bays was shot and killed in Wise County on Thanksgiving night by one of two men who had yelled at him earlier in the evening.

The initial encounter and shooting were both unprovoked.

The subject was shot and killed a short time later by a Norton policeman. The other subject plead guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was paroled after serving only three years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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Thank you for your service to Wise County. You are gone but not forgotten. Rest in peace.

Officer A.F. Cathell
Wise, Virginia Police Department

July 8, 2012

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