Deputy Sheriff Claude Thomas Spangler

Deputy Sheriff Claude Thomas Spangler

McDowell County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, March 26, 1923

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Claude Thomas Spangler

Deputy Claude Spangler was shot and killed at Gary, West Virginia, while attempting to arrest a man who had been involved in a hit-and-run involving two children at Hemphill.

After striking the children the driver fled. The Hemphill police chief called ahead to Deputy Spangler to intercept the driver in Gary. When the man arrived in Gary he stopped to speak to a friend, just as Deputy Spangler located him.

As Deputy Spangler approached the subject the man started shooting at him, striking him once in the abdomen and once in the leg. Another deputy returned fire, killing the subject.

Deputy Spangler was survived by his wife, son, mother, and ten siblings. He was buried in Christiansburg, Virginia.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 25, 1923
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 26, 2012

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