Constable John W. Stafford

Constable John W. Stafford

Avery County Constable's Office - Elk Park Precinct, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, April 6, 1922

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John W. Stafford

Constable John Stafford was shot and killed after being attacked by several subjects inside a store in Minneapolis, North Carolina.

Several drunk men called him into the store. As he entered he was attacked and beaten with tobacco cutter. As he staggered out of the store one of the men fatally shot him.

The man fled to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was arrested later in the month. He was returned to Avery County where he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years


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Constable Stafford,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Avery County.


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April 6, 2022

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