Town Marshal Allen Belcher

Town Marshal Allen Belcher

Malden Marshal's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, November 15, 1881

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Allen Belcher

Town Marshal Allen Belcher was shot and killed by a notorious criminal who also attempted to shoot the mayor in the same incident.

The 64-year-old suspect was taken into custody and charged with the murder. The townspeople formed a mob and attempted to lynch him. In January 1882 the subject was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. He was granted a new trial, convicted of second-degree murder, and sentenced to 11 years. On December 14th, 1886, he was pardoned by Governor Emanuel W. Wilson.

Town Marshal Belcher was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pardoned in 1886


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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 128th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 16, 2009

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