Prohibition Officer Gustavus James Simmons

Prohibition Officer Gustavus James Simmons

West Virginia Department of Prohibition, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, July 11, 1927

Gustavus James Simmons

Prohibition Officer Gus Simmons was shot and killed from ambush as he and three other state prohibition officers searched for a still in along the Jenny Branch of the Little White Oak Creek in Wyoming County.

As the raiding party made its way toward the still Officer Simmons was shot in the back from ambush. The shooters were able to flee the scene as the other officers sought cover and retreated to call for assistance.

Several members of one family were arrested and charged with his murder. Two were convicted and sentenced to life, while three others were acquitted.

Officer Simmons had given up a life of farming to become a prohibition officer after his son was given illegal liquor by moonshiners.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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This was my great great grandfather..I am the great grandson of the late Nora Simmons Hatcher of Fort spring w.v. who was the daughter of Gus and and I am a former police officer aswell..this family I can say have never forgotten the sacrifice that was made by my great great grandad and and he is talked about and loved to this very day! I know that my great grandmother even though young at the time of his murder loved and missed her daddy and talked about things she remember of him up until her very last days on earth...I have no doubt that their reunion in heaven after such time apart was a sweet and joyfilled moment as she had missed him very much after his passing...I am thankful for the man that he was and the things he stood for and against that those same values have been passed down through generations of this family and live on today! God bless our fallen hero's and may they rest in peace until we are all brought together again one day!

former ptl. Rainelle police dept - Great great grandson

October 31, 2017

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