Deputy Sheriff Travis Milton French

Deputy Sheriff Travis Milton French

McDowell County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, April 20, 1949

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Travis Milton French

Deputy French was shot and killed with his own service weapon by a prisoner in the County Jail. Deputy French had let the man out to use the phone and, when the deputy turned his back, the man grabbed his gun and shot him. Police Officer Boss Johnson of the Welch Police Department and another officer pursued the suspect from the jail to the basement of a nearby house where a gunfight resulted. Officer Johnson and the suspect were shot and killed.

Deputy French had served with the agency for only 4 months. He was survived by his wife and ten children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 20, 2021

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