Prohibition Officer Loranzie Floyd "Ranz" McGlothlin

Prohibition Officer Loranzie Floyd "Ranz" McGlothlin

Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, January 14, 1934

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Loranzie Floyd "Ranz" McGlothlin

Prohibition Officer Loranzie McGlothlin succumbed to a gunshot wound inflicted the previous night while confronting a man outside a local theatre in Richlands, Virginia.

He had been at the theatre with his wife and was leaving when he encountered a group of drunk miners who were using offensive language and causing a disturbance.

When Officer McGlothlin confronted the men, one of them continued to use abusive language directed at Officer McGlothlin and his wife. When the officer attempted to force the man to stop, the man fled behind the building. Thinking that the man was going to dispose of a bottle of whiskey, Officer McGlothlin pursued him. The man suddenly produced a revolver and shot Officer McGlothlin. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer McGlothlin was able to return fire and fatally wounded the suspect.

Officer McGlothlin had served in law enforcement in Tazewell County for approximately 10 years. In addition to being a prohibition officer for Tazewell County, he also held commissions as a special officer for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and as a special policeman for the Jewell Ridge Coal Company.

He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 13, 1934
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

DIP, off duty

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This is my great grandfather and I am very thankful for his service. This goes to show that a police officer doesn't stop being a police officer when out of the uniform. I cannot imagine what my great grandmother must have felt that night but she can rest assured that her husband was a hero!

Thanks be to every law enforcement officer for your service and oath to protect and serve! Rest peacefully in the arms of our Father God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Kathryn Gibson
Great Granddaughter

December 19, 2017

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