Prohibition Officer Walter E. Blake

Prohibition Officer Walter E. Blake

West Virginia Department of Prohibition, West Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, October 28, 1923

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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.

He 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

alcohol violation

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Officer Blake,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of West Virginia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 28, 2023

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