Constable Robert Bunyan Sheppard

Constable Robert Bunyan Sheppard

Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, December 11, 1932

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Robert Bunyan Sheppard

Constable Sheppard was shot and killed when he and the town sergeant of Stuart, Virginia, attempted to stop a stolen car. The car had been confiscated during a prohibition investigation and had been stolen from the county garage the previous night.

The two officers stopped the vehicle and as Constable Sheppard attempted to arrest the occupants, he was shot. The town sergeant was shot in the chest and seriously wounded when he went to Constable Sheppard's aid.

Five men were arrested in connection with Constable Sheppard's murder. The man, 25, who fired the shots was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Another was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years. Two brothers were also sentenced; one to 30 years and the other to 35 years for their parts in the shootings and theft of the vehicle. The fifth suspect was convicted of accessory after the fact and sentenced to 2.5 years. On February 14, 1933, the one sentenced to 30 years was convicted of the attempted murder of the town sergeant and got another 13 years added to his sentence.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 30, 2011

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