Justice of the Peace H. Carter Inskeep

Justice of the Peace H. Carter Inskeep

Hampshire County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 18, 1929

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H. Carter Inskeep

Justice of the Peace Carter Inskeep and Jailer Ben Miller were shot and killed by a suspect who had been arrested for drunkenness several days earlier. After his arrest the man created a list of city officials and citizens who he intended to kill, including Jailer Miller and Justice Inskeep.

After murdering one citizen and wounding several others, including a 6-year-old girl, the man went to Justice Inskeep's home and knocked on the door. When Justice Inskeep answered the door he was fatally shot. The man then went to the county jail and summoned Jailer Miller from his quarters and killed him.

The man returned home, where he was arrested a short time later by the county sheriff and a state patrolman. He was cleaning his gun at the time of his arrest.

The suspect was tried and convicted of Justice Inskeep's murder and sentenced to death. He was executed on May 9, 1930. He was the first person ever sentenced to death and executed in Hampshire County.


  • Age 59
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Exected in 1930

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Justice Inskeep,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and the other officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hampshire County.


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December 18, 2019

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