Prohibition Officer Walter E. Blake

Prohibition Officer Walter E. Blake

West Virginia Department of Prohibition, West Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, October 28, 1923

Walter E. Blake

Prohibition Officer Walter Blake was shot and killed while arresting a man for liquor law violations near Campbell's Creek in Kanawha County. The man initially cooperated but suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Blake in the abdomen twice.

The suspect was apprehended, convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to life.

Officer Blake had served with the West Virginia Department of Prohibition for only seven weeks. He also served as a constable for the city of Charleston at the time of his murder. He was survived by his wife and child and is buried in Spring Fork Cemetery, Coco, Kanawha County, West Virginia.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 1 month, 2 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 26, 1923
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 91rst anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2014

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