Prohibition Officer Robert Chapman "Chap" Osborne

Prohibition Officer Robert Chapman "Chap" Osborne

Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, March 20, 1927

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Robert Chapman "Chap" Osborne

Officer Robert Chapman Osborne was shot and killed while attempting to search a car for whiskey in Richlands.

As he approached the car, he exchanged shots with one of the occupants. Officer Osborne was struck in the head and killed instantly.

Officer Osborne, who had lost his left arm in a mining accident many years earlier, had served as the county's prohibition officer for 5 years, and had a total of 19 years in law enforcement.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 20, 2010

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