Sergeant Melvin S. Shelton

Sergeant Melvin S. Shelton

Richlands Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, December 21, 1963

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Melvin S. Shelton

Sergeant Melvin Shelton suffered a fatal heart attack while working a traffic detail at approximately 3:25 pm.

After beginning to feel ill he hitched a ride to Norfolk Street where the police chief was also working a traffic detail. When he got out of the car he suddenly collapsed. The chief took him to Richlands Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Sergeant Shelton had served with the Richlands Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, and four siblings.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Sgt. Shelton,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Richlands. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 21, 2023

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