Town Sergeant L. D. Cole

Town Sergeant L. D. Cole

Burkeville Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, November 28, 1936

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L. D. Cole

Town Sergeant L.D. Cole was shot and killed while pursuing two suspects on First Street, near Agnew Street.

He had arrested the two men after responding to a disturbance at a local restaurant. After arresting the two, he took them to a business owned by the Justice of the Peace.

Once inside, the two men suddenly fled with Town Sergeant Cole in pursuit. Shots were exchanged during the pursuit and Town Sergeant Cole and one of the suspects were killed. The suspect who was killed was found with a gun used to murder a restaurant owner two years earlier.

Town Sergeant Cole was survived by his wife, six children, and three grandchildren.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

disturbance, foot pursuit

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Sgt Cole,
Much has changed in Burkeville, VA since 1936. Your good deeds and sacrifice hasn’t and won’t be forgotten. God Bless you and may you continue to rest in eternal peace.

Chief J.L Herlong III
Burkeville Police Department

December 18, 2022

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