Constable Elijah Chenault

Constable Elijah Chenault

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, August 4, 1823

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Elijah Chenault

Constable Elijah Chenault was killed when he was struck over the head with a stick while attempting to seize property from a woman who had failed to pay a debt.

A struggle ensued, during which the woman struck him over the head, causing a fatal wound.

The subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one year in jail and fined $85. The fine was later dismissed by President James Monroe after she served her jail term.

Constable Chenault had served as a constable for Alexandria off and on for over 25 years. He was survived by his wife and several children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year


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Constable Chenault,
On today, the 200th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alexandria. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 4, 2023

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