Chief of Police Ruben Wallen

Chief of Police Ruben Wallen

St. Charles Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, August 16, 1936

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Ruben Wallen

Chief Wallen was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a coal mine worker for carrying a pistol in town shortly after midnight. The suspect immediately opened fire on Chief Wallen. The chief was struck three times and killed instantly.

Two men who were with the chief took the suspect and his acquaintance into custody at the scene. On October 2, 1936, the gunman was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to 21 years.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 21 years

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 16, 2020

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