Conservation Officer Wesley C. Frame, Jr.

Conservation Officer Wesley C. Frame, Jr.

West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, November 10, 1978

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Wesley C. Frame, Jr.

Officer Wesley Frame was shot and killed by a man he had arrested for littering in a stream. The suspect was found guilty of the offense but not given any jail time. However, because he was wanted in Virginia, the judge placed the suspect in Officer Frame's custody. In preparation to being handed over to Virginia authorities, Officer Frame took the suspect home to get a shirt. The suspect, however, obtained a .30-.30 rifle from his wife and shot the officer. The man fled to Ohio where he was apprehended and returned to West Virginia. The suspect was convicted of Officer Frame's murder.

Officer Frame had been with the agency for one year and had previously served with the United States Navy. He was survived by his wife and son, and is buried in New Bealls Mill Cemetery, Gasaway, Braxton County, West Virginia.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Apprehended

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I had the pleasure to work with Wesley Frame III. He is as fine and dedicated officer as I am sure his father was. Although you are gone WesleyFrame II your son carries on your fine example of service to others, often with great personal sacrifice.

Officer Thomas J eggleston
DHS, Mount WeatherP. D. Retired

September 13, 2020

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