Patrolman Louis Donnel Wilmeth

Patrolman Louis Donnel Wilmeth

Buena Vista Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, July 20, 1923

Louis Donnel Wilmeth

Patrolman Louis Wilmeth was accidentally shot and killed when his revolver fell from its holster and discharged.

The accident occurred as he was cleaning a drain at the city reservoir.

Patrolman Wilmeth had served with the Buena Vista Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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I am patrolman Wilmeth's granddaughter. My father was one of two small boys mentioned in his obit. Family legend said this was no accident. I know it greatly affected those two boys, as well as their children. I researched this incident in 2008 and approached Buena Vista, Chief of Police, Plogger who made this honor happen. My advice to anyone who ends up with small children after an officer's death is to give those children as normal a life as possible, so they can become responsible adults and parents. Granddaddy.... through my research, you came alive for me although I never knew you. Information about your death allowed me to finally forgive my father for not being a father to me. RIP and I hope to see you in Heaven.

Carole Rose Wilmeth Barton
Granddaughter of fallen officer

January 11, 2014

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