Deputy Sheriff Karl C. Peterfish

Deputy Sheriff Karl C. Peterfish

Mercer County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 1934

Karl C. Peterfish

Deputy Sheriff Karl Peterfish was shot and killed while escorting a group of non-union miners out of the Goodwill mines during a strike.

A group of union miners opened fire on the group, killing Deputy Peterfish. One of the union miners was wounded by the return gunfire.

Eleven union miners were arrested and charged with Deputy Peterfish's murder. Ten of the suspects were convicted and received varying sentences to a maximum of 18 years.

Deputy Peterfish was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 years

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You are the grandfather I never knew. I am proud of your service, not only in law enforcement, but in the armed service during World War I, where you were injured by mustard gas. My mother, Nancy Peterfish, was only twelve when you died. The repercussions of lossing her only parent followed her throughout her life.

Dr. Kathy D. Pearce
Granddaughter

July 19, 2018

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