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

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 just found this Web Page, It is so nice to honor this DNR Officer, He was a special person, very capable and professional officer, and he did not need to die so young....he was trying to help someone out...yes he had issued a Littering ticket, but was going to help the man charged clean up the mess, but instead he lost his life being kind...I knew Wes Frame. I worked in the Magistrate Court at the time of
his death, I worked with him. What a tragedy it is. His Son and Wife and Family should be very Proud. and I am Glad I knew him...I will not forget him.

N. Crews
Monroe Co. Resident

October 23, 2016

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